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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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Contender: 1911

Contender: 1911

November 13, 1911. New York City. Our third shot of the heavyweight fighter Carl Morris. Glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Meet the Yankees: 1921

Meet the Yankees: 1921

"Yankee group, 1921." More of the basketball-playing Yankees in Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Tom Collins: 1936

Tom Collins: 1936

November 1936. Arvin migratory farm workers' camp in Kern County, California. "Tom Collins, manager of Kern migrant camp, with drought refugee family." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Mildred's Place: 1938

Mildred's Place: 1938

October 1938 at the Alamo. "Mildred Irwin, saloon singer at North Platte, Nebraska. She entertained for 20 years in Omaha before coming to North Platte." Medium-format safety negative by John Vachon. View full size.

Letter from John Vachon to his wife, Penny:

October 29, 1938

Last night I had an adventure. Of the 1st water. To have it I had to get kind of stiff. And I did, dear. Pretty plastered. But it was all in the line of duty, eminently legitimate and justifiable. About eight o'clock I went into a corner saloon. It was a saloon in the grand tradition. I drank only beer, but great gobs of it. At the piano was a big huge large fat blonde woman of 45 to 50 yrs. With beautiful smeary red makeup on her puss, and huge mammy type bosoms. And her voice, O that you could hear her voice. She has Sophie Tucker in the wastebasket   . . .

 

Waiting for the Oranges: 1936

Waiting for the Oranges: 1936

November 1936. "Drought refugee from Polk, Missouri. Awaiting the opening of orange picking season at Porterville, California." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Where's Adolf?

Where's Adolf?

May 1942. Langley Field, Virginia. YB-17 bombardment squadron. "Hitler would like this man to go home and forget about the war. A good American non-com at the side machine gun of a huge YB-17 bomber is a man who knows his business and works hard at it." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency: Alfred Palmer.

 

The Simple Life: 1936

The Simple Life: 1936

December 1936. "Washstand in house occupied by married hired hand and his wife. Harry Madsen farm near Dickens, Iowa. Three hundred sixty acres, owner-operated." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 
 
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