Thursday, April 30, 2020

25 Vintage Color Photos Showing Life of Americans From Between the 1940s and 1960s




Introduced in 1935 as the first modern color film, Kodachrome was used extensively after World War II by amateur photographers equipped with the new high-quality and low cost 35mm cameras. Americans in Kodachrome 1945-1965 is an unprecedented portrayal of the daily life of the people during these formative years of modern American culture. It is comprised of ninety-five exceptional color photographs made by over ninety unknown American photographers.

These photographs were chosen from many thousands of slides in hundreds of collections. Like folk art in other mediums, this work is characterized by its frankness, honesty, and vigor. Made as memoirs of family and friends, the photographs reveal a free-spirited, intuitive approach, and possess a clarity and unpretentiousness characteristic of this unheralded photographic folk art.



Cowboy Kid, St. Cloud, Minnesota, 1955



Pink Barbie, Richwood, West Virginia, 1965



Wedding Musicians, New Milford, Connecticut, 1956



Mother with Green Ford, Pocasset, Massachusetts, 1957



Lambcake, Glasgow, Montana, 1954



Children with Gun, Ruel, Indiana, 1953



Jerry and His '57 Chevy, Kansas City, Kansas, 1962



Girls Eating Watermelon, Russellville, Kentucky, 1953



Blue Prom Dress, Hamilton, Massachusetts, 1961



Easter Sunday, Louisville, Kentucky, 1962



 Dancing in the Kitchen, Preston, Connecticut, 1955



Dakota Couple, Rapid City, South Dakota, 1953



Corn and Piglet, Princeton, Illinois, 1951



Golden Girl, Henderson County, North Carolina, 1962



Blue Convertible, Muskogee, Oklahoma, 1963



Beauty Contestants, Kapiolani Park, Honolulu, Hawaii,1958



Swimmers, Alexandria, South Dakota, 1948



Seventh Wedding Anniversary, Hermosa, South Dakota, 1952







Fire Island, New York, 1959



Bride with Bridesmaids, Des Plaines, Illinois, 1954



Nana and Beba, Brooklyn, New York, 1949



Mom with Chiffon Cake, Portsmouth, Ohio, 1950



Four Ladies at Tea. Grand Forks, North Dakota, 1955



Cocktail Couple







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