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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Willie Lewis: 1911

Willie Lewis: 1911

The boxer Willie Lewis working out in November 1911. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Mayer Sisters: 1927

Mayer Sisters: 1927

Misses Edith and Irene Mayer, daughters of movie magnate Louis Mayer, call on President Calvin Coolidge. View full size.

 

Ford Family, Cont'd.

Ford Family, Cont'd.

March 1936. "Resettlement Administration official investigating the case of nine living in field on U.S. Route 70 between Camden and Bruceton, Tennessee, near the Tennessee River." View full size. Photograph by Carl Mydans.

 

Ford Foundation: 1936

Ford Foundation: 1936

A one-room hut houses a family of nine in an open field between Camden and Bruceton, Tennessee, near the Tennessee River. The hut was built over the chassis of an abandoned Ford. Photograph by Carl Mydans, 1936. View full size.

 

Lean-to Kitchen: 1936

Lean-to Kitchen: 1936

A 12-year-old girl in a family of nine cooks a meal in a rude, open lean-to hut in Tennessee. The family lives in an open field near the Tennessee River. Photograph by Carl Mydans, 1936. View full size.

 

Rural Mother: 1936

Rural Mother: 1936

March 1936. "Mother and baby of family of nine living in field on U.S. Route 70 near the Tennessee River." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Compliments Pecos City Bakery: 1940

Compliments Pecos City Bakery: 1940

Mrs. Beula Durrill Espy, of Van Horn, Texas shows off her cake at a picnic in west Texas, 1940. (Courtesy Portal to Texas History). View full size.

You can see more images from the Texas Mountain Trail, a coalition of west Texas museums, in our gallery.

 
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