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25 Colorized Photos That Show What Life Was Really Like in the Great Depression  

Ryleigh Nucilli
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On October 29, 1929, the US stock market suffered a sudden and devastating collapse, inducing the Great Depression. This disastrous economic downturn lasted throughout the 1930s, and its reverberations were still felt well into the 1940s. Historians generally pinpoint the end of the Great Depression as the advent of WWII. During the Depression, families around the country were shocked into startling levels of poverty, and government programs like the Works Progress Adminstration (WPA) were created to provide labor opportunities to the suffering masses.  

Now, thanks to a massive effort by the US Library of Congress, a trove of colorized photos taken during the Great Depression has been released to the public. This collection features Depression-era photos from Seattle to Puerto Rico, from Vermont to Louisiana, and all locations in between.

Sitting on the Porch At The Bayou Bourbeau Plantation In Natchitoches, LA, 1940
Sitting on the Porch At The Ba... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 25 Colorized Photos That Show What Life Was Really Like in the Great Depression
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Standing Outside Al Capone's Soup Kitchen, Chicago, IL, 1931
Standing Outside Al Capone's S... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 25 Colorized Photos That Show What Life Was Really Like in the Great Depression
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Backstage At "The Girlie Show," Rutland, VT, 1941
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In The Tenement District Of Brockton, MA, 1940
In The Tenement District Of Br... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 25 Colorized Photos That Show What Life Was Really Like in the Great Depression
Photo:  The Library of Congress/Flickr/No known copyright restrictions