Weird History 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. The Great Depression lasted throughout the 1930s, and its reverberations could still be felt well into the 1940s. Historians generally locate the end of the Great Depression at the advent of World War II. 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, there's a trove of colorized photos taken during the Great Depression. 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
Photo:  The Library of Congress/via Flickr

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
Photo:  klassixx/via Reddit

Backstage at the "Girlie Show," Rutland, VT, 1941


Backstage at the "Girlie S... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 25 Colorized Photos That Show What Life Was Really Like in the Great Depression
Photo:  The Library of Congress/via Flickr

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/via Flickr