These rare and vivid World War 2 photos portray the people and jobs during that era. Many of the photos during that time were captured in black and white, but color photography was an emerging feature.

President Roosevelt passed an order to record and archive images of workers in factories and production lines. Other photographs depict soldiers seated in wartime vehicles and displaying artillery. The United States Library of Congress and Office of War Information archived thousands of photos. Alan Taylor from In Focus worked with the Library of Congress in publishing a collection of color images showcasing the lives during the World War 2 Era in the mid 1940's.

Click "START" to see a sample of rare color photographs.