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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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Surf Avenue: 1913

Surf Avenue: 1913

July 16, 1913. Surf Avenue on Coney Island, with Feltman's Clam Bake on the left. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

 

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2007

We'll start the day with a selection of working kids snapped by Lewis Hine, whose photographs, 100 years after they were taken, seem to exist in eerily infinite supply.

 

Bread Brothers: 1917

Bread Brothers: 1917

February 1, 1917. Vincenzo Messina, 15 years old, and brother Angelo, 11 years old, baking bread for their father at 174 Salem Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Vincenzo is working nights now. Angelo helps a great deal, tends store and helps bake, too. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Night Shift: 1909

Night Shift: 1909

November 1909. Two of the boys on night shift in the More-Jones Glass Co., Bridgeton, New Jersey. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Solomon the Newsie: 1909

Solomon the Newsie: 1909

March 1909. Hartford, Conn. Solomon —— . Began selling at 7 years of age. Been selling six years (four at night). View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Shining: 1908

The Shining: 1908

August 1908. Greek bootblack in Indianapolis. An interesting example of a time exposure where the subject either enters the frame after the shutter opens or leaves it before it closes. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

 

WW2 KODACHROMES

Below, a selection of 1940s color transparencies, three of them the large-format 4x5's that we love so much and wish there were more of. I wonder why Ken Burns didn't make more use (or any use) of these in his excellent documentary "The War," given that it is being presented in HD. The aviation shots are especially impressive. - Dave

 
 
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