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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 • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

December 7, 1941

December 7, 1941

December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Small boat rescues a seaman from the 31,800-ton USS West Virginia. Note the two men in the superstructure. The USS Tennessee is inboard. View full size. Office of War Information.

 

Big Bill Edwards: 1915

Big Bill Edwards: 1915

William Edwards, a.k.a. Big Bill Edwards, collector of internal revenue for the Wall Street district and former Princeton football star, delivering a speech circa 1915. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

See America: 1939

See America: 1939

From 1939 and Alexander Dux, a Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project poster promoting tourism. View full size. Now a fine-art print.

 

See You Next Fall

See You Next Fall

A 1939 Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project silkscreen poster promoting Sea Cliff, Long Island. View full size. Now a fine-art print.

 

Tidy That Tenement!

Tidy That Tenement!

A 1937 Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project poster asking New Yorkers to keep the premises clean. View full size. Now a fine-art print.

 

Five and Ten: 1941

Five and Ten: 1941

A Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project poster from 1941 extolling the benefits of retail commerce. View full size. Now a fine-art print.

 

A Good Time to Read: 1940

A Good Time to Read: 1940

A circa 1940 Illinois WPA Art Project poster promoting literacy. View full size.

 
 
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