Reclaiming History

The above pictures (click to enlarge) are taken from a large collection on the Denver Post website. Well worth a look to see a very rare set of high clarity colour slides from depression era America. Amazing how a splash of colour can bring the past so much closer to the present.

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In between dealing with all things technological in the Dabbler engine room, Worm writes the weekly Wikiworm column every Saturday and our monthly Book Club newsletters.

5 thoughts on “Reclaiming History

    September 14, 2010 at 11:31

    As you say Worm, this is depression-era America, but is it not poignant to consider the quiet dignity of these people, children included, as they go about their business, remarkably well dressed men, women and children, in close knit family groups. No sign of a fatty, a beggar, nor an idler in sight – or anyone in rags.

    September 14, 2010 at 11:32

    Amazing and very beautiful pictures, worm. The juxtapostion of traditional family life and farming techniques alongside shots of the newly emerging cityscape is especially fascinating. Funny how slides always seem to look more colourful than photographs. Why is that?

  3. Worm
    September 14, 2010 at 12:53

    Mahlerman – I concur! Its nice to see things in bright crisp clarity, rather than the grainy, slightly grubby black and white images of the era that we’re used to. It really humanises people I think.

    Susan – I love that juxtapostion too! As far as i’m aware, it’s because being of a higher quality, and with a better reproduction of the colour spectrum, images from slides generally have more saturated colors and are more contrasty, giving the image more “pop”.

    September 14, 2010 at 17:36

    These are really lovely. Thanks for finding them. Particularly like no. 54. Why don’t we all wear head scarves like that anymore?

  5. Worm
    September 14, 2010 at 18:26

    bring back the headscarf! – “the female cravat” (as recommended by HRH The Queen)

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