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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Payday Groceries: 1938

Payday Groceries: 1938

September 1938. "Miners' wives coming home from town with groceries on payday near Mohegan, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Volley of the Dolls: 1938

Volley of the Dolls: 1938

September 1938. "Kewpie doll bathing girls for sale along main highway near Charleston, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. Library of Congress.

 

Sparky: 1942

Sparky: 1942

August 1942. Republic Drill and Tool Company, Chicago. "Women in industry. Tool production. Eyes averted from the white shower of sparks, this young employee of a drill and tool plant touches the button that welds drills to their shanks. She's one of nearly 1,000 women who have replaced men at the production machines of this Midwest factory." View full size. Medium format negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information.

 

Law and Order: 1943

Law and Order: 1943

New York, May 1943. "Policeman no. 19687. William Alexander Frazier, born 1916 in Harlem." Medium format nitrate negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Behind the Scenes: 1938

Behind the Scenes: 1938

September 1938. Westover, West Virginia. Marion Post Wolcott and her intrepid camera head downstairs: "Miner takes shower, which he built in the cellar of his home." View full size. Medium-format negative, Farm Security Administration.

 

Lob Me Tender: 1920

Lob Me Tender: 1920

The actress Grace Valentine strikes a sporty pose circa 1920. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

Butte, Montana: 1942

Butte, Montana: 1942

October 1942. "Scrap and salvage depot. Butte, Montana." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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