Can you believe these photos were from the ’40s? These incredibly vibrant and sharp colour photographs were shot by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information, a government agency created during World War II to promote patriotism, warn about foreign spies and to recruit women into war work, using Kodachrome film.
Photos by Alfred Palmer via dailymail.co.uk
We just have to share this with all you plane and photography aficionados:
An incredible selection of colour photographs has shown the US home front at work and at home during Second World War. The images show civilian men and women working side-by-side to produce B-52 bombers in large aviation plants. The shots, from photography archive website Shorpy, are stunning in their detail and lifelike quality, and were shot on Kodachrome film. Although the shots are posed, the soldiers and workers were the real thing.
Hard to believe these photos, mostly at military bases in California and Texas, are aged because they are so crisp and clear! That’s the magic of slide films right there.
Between 1939 and 1944, the OWI took approximately 1,600 colour pictures depicting military preparedness, factory operations and women in the work force.
Palmer’s original images are colour transparencies ranging in size from 35mm to 4×5 inches. He used a crude lighting system which focused on the subject within his environment, sometimes creating an extreme contrast in his images.
It’s amazing to find photos like these from archives of long ago, just to show how enduring and historic images can be.
Visit alfredtpalmer.com for more information on the artist.