World War II and Depression-era America was mostly documented in black and white. That's why these color photos of the time belonging to the Library of Congress are so engrossing. Shot in color at the same time as more widely recognized black-and-white photos, these images offer a vivid look into American life in 30's and 40's. We've picked a few favorites of the more than 1500 images total contained within the Library of Congress' Flickr account.

Photo by Alfred T. Palmer. Operating a hand drill at Vultee-Nashville, woman is working on a "Vengeance" dive bomber, Tennessee. 1943 Feb.
Photo by Jack Delano. At the Vermont state fair, Rutland. 1941 Sept.
Photo by Jack Delano. A welder who works in the round-house at the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad's Proviso yard. 1942 Dec.
Photo by Jack Delano. Barker at the grounds at the Vermont state fair, Rutland. 1941 Sept.
Photo by Howard R. Hollem. Lathe operator machining parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas. 1942 Oct.
Photo by John Collier. Sailor and girl at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Washington, D.C. 1943 May.

We've definitely advise you to take a look at the full set on Flickr. The Library of Congress invites the public to tag and comment on the photos if they have more information about them.