Amazing colorized photos show a unique side of World War II

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The 1930s and 1940s were a time of upheaval for both the US and the world at large.

Reeling from the start of the Great Depression in 1929, the world soon faced a greater disaster with the start of World War II from 1939 to 1945. Although the US did not enter into the war officially until after Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the global war still affected the US.

The following photos, from the U.S. Library of Congress, give us a rare glimpse of life in the US during World War II in color. The photos show some of the amazing changes that World War II helped usher into the U.S., such as women in the workforce and the widespread adoption of aerial and mechanized warfare.

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Amazing colorized photos show a unique side of World War II

Mrs. Virginia Davis, a riveter in the assembly and repairs department of the naval air base, supervises Chas. Potter, a National Youth Administration trainee from Michigan, at Corpus Christi, Texas. After eight weeks of training, he will go into the civil service.

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Answering the nation's need for woman-power, Davis made arrangements for the care of her two children during the day and joined her husband at work at the naval air base in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Jesse Rhodes Waller, AOM, third class, tries out a 30-caliber machine gun he has just installed in a US Navy plane at the base in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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A sailor at the base wears the new type of protective clothing and gas mask designed for use in chemical warfare in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Jesse Rhodes Waller, AOM, third class, tries out a 30-caliber machine gun he has just installed on a US Navy plane in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Feeding an SNC advanced-training plane its essential supply of gasoline is done by sailor mechanics at Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Av. Cadet Thanas at the base in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Pearl Harbor widows have gone into war work to carry on the fight in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis has been appointed by the civil service to be senior supervisor in the assembly and repairs department at the naval base in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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After seven years in the US Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the base in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Painting the American insignia on airplane wings is a job that Mrs. Irma Lee McElroy, a former office worker, does with precision and patriotic zeal. McElroy is a civil-service employee at the base in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Aviation cadet in training at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Plane at the base in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Working with a sea plane at the base in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Aviation cadets at the Naval Air Station in Corpus Christi, Texas.

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Mechanics service an A-20 bomber at Langley Field in Virginia.

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M-3 tank and crew using small arms at Fort Knox in Kentucky.

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M-4 tank line at Fort Knox in Kentucky.

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A young soldier of the armored forces holds and sights his Garand rifle at Fort Knox.

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Servicing an A-20 bomber at Langley Field.

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A US Marine lieutenant is a glider pilot in training, at Page Field on Parris Island in South Carolina.

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Marines finish training at Parris Island in South Carolina.

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