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The way we were: Rare color photos from Great Depression unearthed

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The Library of Congress released a collection of color images from the Great Depression today which give a rare vivid glimpse of America at one of her most vulnerable times, struggling to survive and gearing up for war -- a period of time which changed the course of history:

William London, a railroad worker, shows a time when we weren't afraid to get our hands dirty... (Illinois, 1940s)

A time before office gossip was circulated via email and instant messages... (Iowa, 1943)

A time when we used pennies to make purchases... (Nebraska, 1942)

And a time when people weren't afraid of trans-fats... (New Mexico, 1940)

Business Insider has compiled a full gallery -- click here to check out the amazing photographs

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