Photographers working for the U.S. government's Farm Security Administration (FSA) and later the Office of War Information (OWI) between 1939 and 1944 made approximately 1,600 color photographs depicting life in the United States.
Jack Delano was one of those photographers. The following are a sample of some of the 100's of pictures he took during this period. These photographs are now housed at the Library of Congress. Wikipedia Link for Jack Delano.
1940 - Sylvia Sweets Tea Room corner of School & Main streets, Brockton, Massachusetts.
1943 - View of part of the South Water Street freight depot of the Illinois Central Railroad, Chicago, Illinois.
1940 - Trucks outside of a starch factory, Caribou, Aroostook County, Maine.
1943 - Pennsylvania R.R. ore docks, unloading ore from a lake freighter by means of Hulett unloaders, Cleveland, Ohio.
1943 - Freight Depot of the U.S. Army consolidating station, Chicago, Illinois.
1943 - C&NW Railroad, putting the finishing touches on a rebuilt caboose at the rip tracks at Proviso yard, Chicago, Illinois.
1940 - Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Massachusetts.