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Charles C. Chaney

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My colorization attempts with 1930s-1940s photographs from

The Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Photo Collection

in The Library of Congress





"The photographs in the Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Photograph Collection form an extensive pictorial record of American life between 1935 and 1944. This U.S. government photography project was headed for most of its existence by Roy E. Stryker, who guided the effort in a succession of government agencies: the Resettlement Administration (1935-1937), the Farm Security Administration (1937-1942), and the Office of War Information (1942-1944). The collection also includes photographs acquired from other governmental and non-governmental sources, including the News Bureau at the Offices of Emergency Management (OEM), various branches of the military, and industrial corporations." --- http://www.loc.gov/pictures/collection/fsa/

I love the photographs from the 1930s and early 1940s... and earlier.  If cars, service stations, and stores are involved, all the better.  Obviously, am quite partial to the photos from the FSA photograph collection.  I have become a fan of Russell Lee's work along with Dorothea Lange.


The Photographers

"Dorothea Lange (May 26, 1895 – October 11, 1965) was an American documentary photographer and photojournalist, best known for her Depression-era work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). Lange's photographs humanized the consequences of the Great Depression and influenced the development of documentary photography." - Wikipedia


Russell Lee (July 21, 1903, Ottawa, Illinois – August 28, 1986, Austin, Texas) was an American photographer and photojournalist, best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). His technically excellent images documented the ethnography of various American classes and cultures.”  “Russell Lee (July 21, 1903, Ottawa, Illinois – August 28, 1986, Austin, Texas) was an American photographer and photojournalist, best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). His technically excellent images documented the ethnography of various American classes and cultures.”  -  Wikipedia

"Arthur Rothstein (July 17, 1915 – November 11, 1985) was an American photographer. Rothstein is recognized as one of America’s premier photojournalists. During a career that spanned five decades, he provoked, entertained and informed the American people. His photographs ranged from a hometown baseball game to the drama of war, from struggling rural farmers to US Presidents." - Wikipedia



Abilene to California

Drought refugees/migratory workers from Abilene in route to California, 1936.
By Dorothea Lange

Drought refugees/migratory workers from Abilene en route to California, 1936. Taken by Dorothea Lange. The father said to Dorothea, "The finest people in this world live in Texas but I just can't seem to accomplish nothin' there. Two year drought, then a crop, then two years drought and so on. I got two brothers still trying to make it back there and there they're sitting."

Child of Migrant worker in OK

Migrant child in family car east of Fort Gibson. Muskogee County, Oklahoma. June 1939.
By Russell Lee


COUPLE LISTENING TO THE RADIO
Couple listening to their radio.  1939.  By Russell Lee

This photo was posted on Facebook page "Traces of Texas" with the following description:

"Y'all know how it seems like every 2-3 days I'm posting a photo taken by Russell Lee? Well Traces of Texas reader Mary Grace Murphy's husband's grandparents were actually photographed by Mr. Lee down in the valley in 1939 and Mary Grace sent off to the library of congress and they sent her back this photo. It is an incredible image. Everything about it nearly perfect. Note the hole in his sock, the radio, her hairnet ... everything. I was wondering when somebody, someday was going to send in one of Mr. Lee's photographs and say 'this is somebody we knew.' He passed away in 1958 and she in 1992."

Ice House

Ice House in Harlingen, Texas. 1939.
By Russell Lee

Cars stripper Corpus Christi

Migrant auto wrecker in front of car which he will dismantle, Corpus Christi, Texas. February 1929.    By Russell Lee

worker leaning on car

White migrant worker leaning on headlamp of his car near Harlingen, Texas. Migrants are called rubber tramps throughout Texas. February 1939.
By Russell Lee



Car Brownwood

 Farmer's car, Brownwood, Texas
Creator(s): Lee, Russell, 1903-1986, photographer
Date Created/Published: 1939 Nov.
Medium: 1 negative : nitrate ; 35 mm.
Reproduction Number: LC-USF33-012508-M5 (b&w film nitrate neg.) LC-DIG-fsa-8a27594 (digital file from original neg.)
Rights Advisory: No known restrictions. For information, see U.S. Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information Black & White Photographs(http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/071_fsab.html)
Call Number: LC-USF33- 012508-M5 [P&P]
Other Number: H 51
Repository: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, DC 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print

Lady with geese

Lady with chickens.  Waco, Texas. 1939.
By Russell Lee

migrant mother

White migrant mother with children in front of trailer home, Weslaco, Texas.
January 1939.   By Russell Lee


Rodeo woman

Rodeo performer at the Fat Stock Parade before the rodeo in San Angelo, 1940.
By Russell Lee




Guss Staation

Gasoline truck driver getting ready to fill service station's tank, San Angelo, Texas.  1938.
By Russell Lee



geese in Waco 1939

Scene in Waco, Texas. 1939.
By Russell Lee



migrant coop store

Migratory workers' Coop store and gas station.  Weslaco, Texas.  1941.

By Arthur Rothstein

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  25 January 2017