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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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Our Baby Doffer: 1910

Our Baby Doffer: 1910

November 1910. Birmingham, Alabama. "Our baby doffer" they called him. Donnie Cole. Has been doffing for some months. When asked his age, he hesitated, then said, "I'm twelve." Another young boy said, "He can't work unless he's twelve." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Sallisaw: 1936

Sallisaw: 1936

August 1936. Sallisaw, Oklahoma. Sequoyah County drought farmers. "Nothing to do," said one of them. "These fellers are goin' to stay right here till they dry up and die." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 

Field of Nightmares: 1910

Field of Nightmares: 1910

August 1, 1910. New York Giants centerfielder Fred Snodgrass, whose 10th-inning error in the 1912 World Series shadowed him for the rest of his life, and beyond. Headline of his obituary in the New York Times: "Fred Snodgrass, 86, Is Dead; Ball Player Muffed 1912 Fly." View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Hill House: 1936

Hill House: 1936

July 1936. Hill House, Mississippi. "Sharecroppers' families gathering needs for their Fourth of July celebration, whites and blacks together." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Dogwood: 1922

Dogwood: 1922

From circa 1922, the bandleader and Victor recording artist Joseph C. Smith. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Old Ball Game: 1912

The Old Ball Game: 1912

October 8, 1912. First game of the 1912 World Series, between the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox. Right field grandstand at New York's Polo Grounds. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

General Outdoor: 1941

General Outdoor: 1941

July 1941. Chicago parking lot. View full size. 35mm negative by John Vachon.

 
 
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