Rare Color Photos of D.C. Life in the 1940s

While most images from the WWII era are in black-and-white, the Library of Congress recently shared a large collection of vivid color photographs online. Click through to see D.C. and Virginia during the 1940s in a way you may have never seen before.

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While most images from the WWII era are in black-and-white, the Library of Congress recently shared a large collection of vivid color photographs online. Click through to see D.C. and Virginia during the 1940s in a way you may have never seen before. Pictured: Sailor and young woman at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, May 1943.
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Children aiming sticks as guns, lined up against a brick building, between 1941 and 1942.
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Shulman's Market at the southeast corner of N and Union streets SW, between 1941 and 1942, with a 1931 Chevrolet car parked in front.
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Children in street in Southwest D.C., between 1941 and 1942.
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Children on rowhouse steps, between 1941 and 1942.
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Rowhouses near the corner of N and Union streets SW, between 1941 and 1942.
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African-American troops at the Memorial Day parade, probably on Constitution Avenue, May 1942.
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Laundry, barbershop and stores, between 1941 and 1942.
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Shulman's Market, on N at Union Streets SW, between 1941 and 1942.
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Mountain farm along Skyline Drive, Va., circa 1940.
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Railroad crossing along the Skyline Drive, Va., circa 1940.
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The Governor's Palace in Williamsburg, Va., was the capitol of the Virginia colony during the 18th century. It was reconstructed and restored to its original state by John D. Rockefeller, Jr., during the 1930s. Photo taken April 1943.
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Monticello, home of Thomas Jefferson, Charlottesville, Va. Photo taken April 1943.
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Courtyard of the Pan American Building, 17th Street NW between C Street and Constitution Avenue, May 1943.
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The Pan American Building, home to the Organization of American States on 17th Street NW, May 1943.
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Sailor and young woman at the Tomb of the Unknowns, Arlington National Cemetery, May 1943.
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Color guard of African-American engineers, Ft. Belvoir, Va., between 1941 and 1945.
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Color guard of African-American engineers, Ft. Belvoir, Va., between 1941 and 1945.
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Two little girls in a park near Union Station, circa 1943.
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Little girl in a park near Union Station, circa 1943.
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A soldier and a woman in a park with the Russell Senate Office Building behind them, circa 1943.
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A woman puts on her lipstick in a park with Union Station behind her, circa 1943.
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U.S. Supreme Court building, circa 1943.
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House in Washington, D.C., between 1941 and 1942.
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