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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Coney Island: 1911

Coney Island: 1911

May 27, 1911. Aftermath of the Dreamland amusement park fire at Coney Island. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Note the ancient streetlamp.

 

Nanty Glo Slagger: 1937

Nanty Glo Slagger: 1937

1937. Salvaging coal from the slag heap at Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania. Coal pickers get 10 cents for each hundred-pound sack or two dollars a ton. One man can make from 10 to 20 sacks a day. View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn.

 

Our Man in Maynardville: 1935

Our Man in Maynardville: 1935

Another view of the Tennessee Troubadour as captured by painter-photographer Ben Shahn in October 1935. View full size. More here. 35mm nitrate negative.

 

Tennessee Troubadour: 1935

Tennessee Troubadour: 1935

October 1935. Street musician in Maynardville, Tennessee. View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn. Another shot here. Scan from 35mm nitrate negative.

 

Nanty Glo Slag Pickers: 1937

Nanty Glo Slag Pickers: 1937

Boys salvaging coal from the slag heaps at Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania. 1937. They get 10 cents for each hundred-pound sack. View full size. Photo by Ben Shahn.

Itchy & Scratchy: 1938

Itchy & Scratchy: 1938

Summer 1938. Drugstore in Newark, Ohio. View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn. Image scanned from 35mm nitrate negative.

 

Passing Remark: 1938

Passing Remark: 1938

August 1938. "Citizens of Columbus, Ohio." View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn. Image scanned from 35mm nitrate negative.

 
 
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