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America in Colour

This is one of several photos featured in a blog by the Denver Post on a great collection of colour photos of the United States taken by photographers of the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information between 1939 and 1943.  The photos belong to the Library of Congress and were included in a 2006 exhibit Bound for Glory: America in Color.

Visually stunning,  they’re also a great example of how historical photographs can be presented on the web in an uncluttered, unfussy way that lets the photographs tell their own stories.  Here’s the link:


Great Resource for Historians. Australian Newspapers online 1803-1954

Historians working on Australian are doubtlessly aware of the great online archive of Australian Newspapers managed by the National Library of Australia – – but it’s worth considering even if you’re working on a non-Australian topic.  I’ve, for example, had real success recently using the archive for some research on South Africa in the 1940s because newspapers such as the Canberra Times and the Melbourne Argus sometimes carried fairly detailed reports of events elsewhere.  The site’s search facility works pretty smoothly, and it’s possible to save articles in lists or as PDFs.  Scanning hasn’t yet been completed for all newspapers for the entire period, but the period is covered overall if you’re not concerned with sticking to one particular newspaper.  The aim ultimately is to scan all the papers completely, and an overview of progress can be found here