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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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Wild Animal Circus: 1936

Wild Animal Circus: 1936

Posters advertising a 1936 circus near Lynchburg, South Carolina. 35mm nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Bethlehem Boys: 1935

Bethlehem Boys: 1935

November 1935. Sons of American Legion members in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the FSA.

 

Central Grade School: 1940

Central Grade School: 1940

February 1940. The snowballs fly at Central Grade School in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Rhea Quintin: 1916

Rhea Quintin: 1916

June 1916. Fall River, Mass. "Rhea Quintin, 14 years old. Drawing in on Webb frame. Been at it about three months. Requires great deal of mental application and accuracy and good oversight. Takes over a year to learn. Seemed very young in certificate office. Miss Smith thought she was a little schoolgirl coming for some other purpose." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

No. 8 Bus: 1940

No. 8 Bus: 1940

February 1940. Getting on the bus during a snowstorm in Chillicothe, Ohio. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

 

To Grandmother's House We Go

To Grandmother's House We Go

February 1940. A wintry scene near Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Stillwater County: 1942

Stillwater County: 1942

September 1942. An early snow at the Benbow Mill of the Metal Reserves chromite development in Stillwater County, Montana. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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