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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT, WWII

Interiors: 1941

Interiors: 1941

June 1941. "Interior of Negro rural house. Greene County, Georgia." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Mengel Mahogany: 1906

Mengel Mahogany: 1906

Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1906. "Mahogany mills, C.C. Mengel & Bros." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Easy Street: 1900

Easy Street: 1900

Circa 1900. "St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans." Will Desire stop, or pass you by? 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Porch Pouters: 1940

Porch Pouters: 1940

August 1940. "Women in Upper Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Sleeping Rooms: 1939

Sleeping Rooms: 1939

1939. "Forsyth House, 112 S. Conception Street, Mobile, Alabama." The sign: "FURNISHED LIGHT HOUSEKEEPING ROOMS and SLEEPING ROOMS." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Chuck Burgers: 1966

Chuck Burgers: 1966

The corner of Grant and Bush in San Francisco in 1966. I took this Kodachrome to show Big Ben's, my favorite place for hamburgers while I was in the Navy, stationed on Treasure Island. View full size.

Migrant Daughter: 1936

Migrant Daughter: 1936

        UPDATE (2017): Thanks to the sleuthing of journalist Tori Cummins and historian Joe Manning, we now know the identity of the young woman in this photo: Ruby Nell Shepard (1916-1970). You can read her story on Joe's website.

November 1936. "Daughter of migrant Tennessee coal miner. Living in American River camp near Sacramento, California." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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