History in Color: The World War II Era

The Library of Congress released approximately 1,600 color photographs that depict life in the United States between 1939 and 1944. In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day, check out these incredible colored photos from the World War II Era.

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The Library of Congress released approximately 1,600 color photographs that depict life in the United States between 1939 and 1944. In honor of Veterans Day, check out these incredible colored photos from the World War II Era.
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The Library of Congress released approximately 1,600 color photographs that depict life in the United States between 1939 and 1944. In honor of the 70th anniversary of D-Day June 6, check out these incredible colored photos from the World War II Era.
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nA Coast Guard sentry stands watch over a new torpedo boat under construction at a southern shipyard. In addition to wooden torpedo boats, the yard also turns out many steel boats for the Navy. Higgins Industries, Inc., New Orleans, La.
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nCoast Guardsman standing watch over 78-foot torpedo boat. Continual watch is kept. Higgins Industries, Inc., New Orleans, La.
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nJesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a 30-calibre machine gun he has just installed in a Navy plane, Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nSailor at the Naval Air Base wears the new type protective clothing and gas mask designed for use in chemical warfare, Corpus Christi, Texas. These uniforms are lighter than the old typen1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nWorking inside the nose of a PBY, Elmer J. Pace is learning the construction of Navy planes, Corpus Christi, Texas. As an NYA trainee at the Naval Air Base, he gets practical experience. After about eight weeks, he will go into civil service as a sheet metal worker 1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nJesse Rhodes Waller, A.O.M., third class, tries out a 30-calibre machine gun he has just installed on a Navy plane, Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nFeeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Standing on the wing is Floyd Helphrey who came from Iowa to join the Navy early in the year. At right is W. Gardner of Illinois who used to be a crane operatorn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nCadet L. Deitz at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nAv. Cadet Thanas at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nEns[ign] Noressey and Cadet Thenics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nJ.D. Estes at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nIt's an intricate operation - installing a 30-calibre machine gun in a Navy PBY plane, but not too tricky for Jesse Rhodes Waller, Corpus Christi, Texas. He's a Georgia man who's been in the Navy 5-1/2 years. At the Naval Air Base he sees that the flying ships are kept in tip-top shape. Waller is an aviation ordnance maten1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nHe's like to use that gun on the Axis. After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nAfter seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nCadet L. Deitz(?) at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nAviation cadets in training at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nNavy N2S primary land planes at the naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nAviation cadet in training at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nFeeding an SNC advanced training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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: Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nEnsign Noressey and Cadet Thenics at the Naval Air base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nWorking on a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nSailor mechanic fueling a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nWorking with a sea-plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nWorking on a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nThis sailor mechanic is inspecting a PBY plane at the Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, Texas. The ship had been reconditioned by the Civil Service employees at the Assembly and Repair Department in the basen1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nA sailor mechanic refueling a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nFueling a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nFueling a plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nAt the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nStarting a propeller at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nAviation cadets at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nAviation cadet at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nSailor mechanic inspecting a PBY plane at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texasn1942 August
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nAssembling Liberator Bomber, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., Fort Worth, Texasn1942 Oct.
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nA hydraulic mechanic greasing the landing gear of a transport, before the plane leaves the last station on the assembly line at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texasn1942 Oct.
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nPutting the nose section of a mighty transport plane in place in the fuselage mating fixture at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texasn1942 Oct.
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nWorkers on the Liberator Bombers, Consolidated Aircraft Corp., [Fort Worth, Texas]n1942 Oct.
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.n[Servicing an A-20 bomber, Langley Field, Va.]n1942 July
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: Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nLoading new transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texasn1942 Oct.
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nGetting a nose door ready to put on a C-87 transport plane at the end of the assembly line at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texasn1942 Oct.
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nLowering an engine in place in assembling a transport plane in a Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texasn1942 Oct.
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nFitting the tail of a transport plane to the wing center section in the fuselage mating fixture at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texasn1942 Oct.
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nLowering an engine in place in assembling a C-87 transport plane at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texasn1942 Oct.
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Hollem, Howard R.,, photographer.nMarine Sgt. at New Orleans, La.n[between 1941 and 1945]
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.n16-inch coast artillery gun, Ft. Story, Va.n1942 March
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nMan of the Fort Story, Va. coastal defensen1942 March
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nMen of Fort Story operate an azimuth instrument, to measure the angle of splash in sea-target practice, Fort Story, Va.n1942 March
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nMan of the Fort Story, Va. coastal defensen1942 March
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nNew River Marine Base, motor detachment, North Carolinan1942 May
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nDriver of Marine truck, New River, N.C.n1942 May
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nThis husky member of a construction crew building a new 33,000-volt electric power line into Fort Knox is performing an important war service. Thousands of soldiers are in training there, and the new line from a hydroelectric plant at Louisville is needed to supplement the existing power supply. Fort Knox, Ky.n1942 June
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nTank commander, Ft. Knox, Ky.n1942 June
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nA young soldier of the armored forces holds and sights his Garand rifle like an old timer, Fort Knox, Ky. He likes the piece for its fine firing qualities and its rugged, dependable mechanism. Infantryman with halftrackn1942 June
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nM-3 and M4 tank company at bivouac, Ft. Knox, Ky.n1942 June
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nLight tank going through water obstacle, Ft. Knox, Ky.n1942 June
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: Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nM-3 tank and crew using small arms, Ft. Knox, Ky.n1942 June
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nHalftrack infantryman with Garand rifle, Ft. Knox, Ky.n1942 June
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nTank commander, Ft. Knox, Ky.n1942 June
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: Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nGood man, good gun: a private of the armored forces does some practice shooting with a 30-calibre Browning machine gun, Fort Knox, Ky. The gun is mounted on a pedestal for anti-aircraft workn1942 June
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nM-4 tank crews of the United States, Ft. Knox, Ky.n1942 June
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nInfantryman with halftrack, a young soldier of the armed forces, holds and sights his Garand rifle like an old timer, Fort Knox, Ky. He likes the piece for its fine firing qualities and its rugged, dependable mechanism.n1942 June
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Palmer, Alfred T.,, photographer.nColored mechanic, motor maintenance section, Ft. Knox, Ky.n1942 June
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