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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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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.

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Notice the stack of Kodak boxes behind the store window? Also the two ELKO signs, one with just the name, the other with writing I can't read; does anyone know what the second says or what it's advertising?

[Click on "View full size." They're advertising snapshot developing & printing. - Dave]

Pretty Boy Floyd

Sallisaw and the Cookson Hills were home to Charles Arthur Floyd, a.k.a. "Pretty Boy" Floyd. He was called "Choc" by his buddies because of his taste for bootleg Choctaw beer.

A great article on him by Joseph Geringer, who describes him as "one of the most colorful, nervy bank robbers in the history of Depression-era America."

"Choc" had been dead and buried almost two years by the time this photo was taken.

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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