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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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A Fresh Start: 1937

A Fresh Start: 1937

March 1937. "6:45 a.m. -- One of nine children, son of hired man Tip Estes washing his face after doing his early-morning chores. Near Fowler, Indiana." Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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I was a " townie" but used to visit an aunt and uncle who lived out in the country with no inside plumbing. We had to get a bucket of water from a pump or cistern, bring it inside, and either use it to drink, cook with, or wash with it. Put a couple of dippers of water into the small pan and have a wash. After that, we either put the used water into a slop bucket which was, eventually, put out on the garden or threw the water directly out on the flower bed according to my aunt's wishes. The slop bucket contained used water, kitchen trimmings and food leftovers. Nothing went to waste.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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