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Painting the American insignia on airplane wings

[Detail] Painting the American insignia on airplane wings


Collection Overview

FSA-OWI Photographs, 1935-1945, includes color photographs of rural and small-town America and scenes of the World War II mobilization effort. Many now-famous photographers created these pictures while employed by a Depression-era government program. Black and white photographs are another component of this collection.

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Special Features

These online exhibits provide context and additional information about this collection.

Portrait Sampler of FSA-OWI Photographers

Historical Eras

These historical era(s) are best represented in the collection, although they may not be all-encompassing.

  • The Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Related Collections and Exhibits

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Search Tips

Specific guidance for searching this collection.

Black and white and color images may be searched separately or together. See the combined search page for a description of what is searched.

For a list of photography assignments by location, go to FSA Color Shooting Assignments and OWI Color Shooting Assignments. These pages provide lists of states represented in the collection.

Searching by place or topic will be more successful than searching by a specific date.

For help with search words, go to a FSA-OWI Subject Index.

For help with general search strategies, see Finding Items in American Memory.