World War II Seen in These Stunning Color Photographs

A rare look into this turbulent time is brought to life in color.

Many people often make the mistake of assuming that because we so rarely see color photos from before the 1960s that color film simply wasn’t available before then. While it was uncommonbecause of the expense, color film was available as early as the beginning of the 20th century. The few color photographs that remain from World War II offer an incredible look at what was happening during that time.

Free French tanks parade thought the streets of paris, August 26, 1944. Via/ Wiki Commons
Camouflage class artist training, NYC, 1943. Via/ Library of Congress
Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis, Assembly and Repairs Department at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942. Via/ Library of Congress
Washington D.C., 1943. Via/ Library of Congress
French, Canadian, and American soldiers coordinating with the Cruelly WWI monument in the background, 1943. Via/ Flickr
Utah Beach, June 6th, 1944. Via/ Flickr
Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, civil service employee at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942. Via/ Library of Congress

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