History books tend to suggest that the world was black-and-white before 1950. Photos by Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans paint a stark picture of the Depression. Famed war photographer Robert Capa almost single-handedly forged the monochrome mental imagery of the D-Day landings at Normandy.
But, although it was expensive and somewhat rare, color photography did exist at the time.
One set of 1930s- and '40s-era color transparencies from various photographers owned by the Library of Congress has gone viral around the Web. And, today being the anniversary of the landings at D-Day, Life has published a set of photos along the same surprising lines: In the days before and after the landings at Normandy, photographer Frank Scherschel captured scenes around France in color. See more on Life's website.