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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 • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Not by Bread Alone: 1941

Not by Bread Alone: 1941

April 1941. "Abandoned building, South Side of Chicago." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

On a Clear Day: 1943

On a Clear Day: 1943

June 1943. Richmondville, New York. Farmland meadow in the Catskill Mountains. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Farm Noir: 1938

Farm Noir: 1938

May 1938. Passing the time outside a crossroads store in Irwinville Farms, Georgia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

Iola and Anna: 1922

Iola and Anna: 1922

June 17, 1922. Iola Swinnerton and Anna Neibel, winners of a beauty contest at Washington's Tidal Bathing Beach. Miss Swinnerton resides at 3125 Mount Pleasant Street NW. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Tom Polk: 1912

Tom Polk: 1912

May 1912. Spartanburg, South Carolina. Tom Polk, "goin' on 13." Prematurely old, works in Beaumont Mill. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Players: 1935

Players: 1935

October 1935. Scanned from an uncaptioned 35mm nitrate negative of an unidentified musician and his friends, probably photographed by Ben Shahn in Scotts Run, West Virginia. Anyone recognize them? View full size.

 

Sunday Callers: 1941

Sunday Callers: 1941

July 1941. Sunday afternoon visitors in Vincennes, Indiana. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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