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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 • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Fifth Avenue: Easter 1913

Fifth Avenue: Easter 1913

Easter 1913, New York. Fifth Avenue looking north. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Where the Sun Never Shines: 1908

Where the Sun Never Shines: 1908

October 1908. "Drivers in a West Virginia Coal Mine. Plenty boys driving and on tipple." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Migrant Mother: 1936

Migrant Mother: 1936

"Destitute pea pickers living in tent in migrant camp. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two." Nipomo, California. February 1936. Photograph by Dorothea Lange. View full size. The anonymous subject of this famous Depression-era portrait known as "Migrant Mother" came forward in the late 1970s and was revealed to be Florence Owens Thompson (interview). She died in 1983. Read more here.

 

Southside Easter: 1941

Southside Easter: 1941

April 1941. "Negro boys on Easter morning, Southside Chicago." Acetate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Securoty Administration. View full size.

 

Birmingham: 1936

Birmingham: 1936

March 1936. Workers' company houses and outhouses. Republic Steel, Birmingham, Alabama. Photograph by Walker Evans. View full size.

 

The Motor City: 1942

The Motor City: 1942

Looking south along Woodward Avenue from the Maccabees Building at Warren Avenue, with downtown Detroit in the distance. July 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel. Note the four yellow streetcars.

 

Best Easter Wishes: 1908

Best Easter Wishes: 1908

"Best Easter Wishes." Chick pulling flowers in small wagon. Rotograph Company of New York, 1908. View full size.

 
 
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