Just take a moment to drink in this photo.
It needs almost no words; the light and composition are just that lovely.
But it will probably amaze you, as it did me, to find out that this photo was taken in 1940. Here's its caption and credit:
"Boys fishing in a bayou. Schriever, Louisiana, June 1940. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress"It is one of a series of color slides that were taken between 1939 and 1943 by Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information photographers. They document Depression and early wartime America--from rural workers to real Rosie the Riviters--in vivid color.
"Woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber Tennessee, February 1943. Reproduction from color slide. Photo by Alfred T. Palmer. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress"It is so strange and haunting to see images like the iconic ones by Dorothea Lange, but in bright color. There were moments scrolling through the series that I felt like I was looking at photos from a movie set in the 1940s. But these are real. Haunting. Beautiful, even despite their disorienting color. For the whole, astonishing set, look here.