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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 • BUENOS AIRES, c. 1950

No Meddling: 1899

No Meddling: 1899

Winona, Minnesota, circa 1899. "A sawmill plant." Our title comes from the cryptic sign on the utility pole: DO NOT MEDDLE WITH THE WIRES. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

North by Northwest: 1899

North by Northwest: 1899

Tracy, Minnesota, circa 1899. "Engine of the South Dakota division, Chicago & North Western Ry." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

Boy, Fourteen: 1936

Boy, Fourteen: 1936

November 1936. "Portraits of destitute migrant agricultural workers and their children. Boy, fourteen, in eighth grade. Now unable to attend because of insufficient food and clothing. Subsisted two days on frozen tomatoes from field nearby. Father says, 'They call me a road hog and a bum, but if I am, how did that boy get into the eighth grade?' American River camp, near Sacramento." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Valley Girl: 1936

Valley Girl: 1936

November 1936. "Children and home of cotton workers at migratory camp in southern San Joaquin Valley, California." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Rancho Geranium: 1936

Rancho Geranium: 1936

November 1936. "Window of farmhouse living room. Mercer County, Illinois. Hired man lives in house on farm that was formerly residence of owner-operator." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Just Add Water: 1936

Just Add Water: 1936

November 1936. "Migratory family in automobile camp, California." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Sweet Sweeper: 1940

Sweet Sweeper: 1940

Summer 1940. Washington, D.C. "Modeling blue dress made from sugar sacks, designed for a high school girl on a low income by graduate students of the Department of Clothing and Textiles, School of Home Economics, University of Alabama. Total cost of materials was three dollars and eighteen cents." Photo by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

No Future Here: 1939

No Future Here: 1939

February 1939. "Madera County, California. Family from near Dallas, Texas. Rent is $5 a month. There's no future here. I've been following the work (migratory labor) but there's no chance for a fellow to get aholt hisself in this country. The last job I had is tractor driving for 35 cents an hour. Had that job for five months until a Filipino comes along for 25 cents an hour. I was raised on a cotton farm my father owned, a little place back there, and I'm plumb willing to leave this country for good before I get too old, If I could get the chance to farm." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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