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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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Delta County Fair: 1940

Delta County Fair: 1940

October 1940. Fun at the Delta County Fair in western Colorado. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration.



Toward the right, note the very stylishly clad mother and children trio: Mom in slacks with matching top, daughter at left in puttees and little boy in what looks like a sailor suit.

Lean times, Lean people

Not as much high-energy food and a sight more physical activity in the course of every day life... the same observations apply to Australians then and now.


Looking at this picture, I think people weren't as fat as they are now.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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