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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 • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Wipe Feet: 1942

Wipe Feet: 1942

August 1942. "With a woman's determination, Lorena Craig takes over a man-size job in Corpus Christi, Texas. Before she came to work at the Naval Air Base she was a department store girl. Now she is a cowler under civil service." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem. View full size.

 

The Flavor Lasts: 1909

The Flavor Lasts: 1909

Well-dressed pedestrians glance at a "beggar-peddler" holding a small child and a box of Wrigley's Spearmint Gum on Broadway, in New York City. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Fresh Air Outing: 1913

Fresh Air Outing: 1913

Children and adults take a "fresh air outing" on a trolley in June in Brooklyn, New York. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Sunday Parade: 1902

The Sunday Parade: 1902

"The Sunday Parade, 5th Avenue." View north from 46th Street. Windsor Arcade (demolished 1921) on right. View [larger ] [way big]. 1902 photo by Benjamin Falk. Compare with the image below -- in 11 years, cars have taken over the street.

 

Fifth Avenue: Easter 1913

Fifth Avenue: Easter 1913

Easter 1913, New York. Fifth Avenue looking north. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Where the Sun Never Shines: 1908

Where the Sun Never Shines: 1908

October 1908. "Drivers in a West Virginia Coal Mine. Plenty boys driving and on tipple." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Migrant Mother: 1936

Migrant Mother: 1936

"Destitute pea pickers living in tent in migrant camp. Mother of seven children. Age thirty-two." Nipomo, California. February 1936. Photograph by Dorothea Lange. View full size. The anonymous subject of this famous Depression-era portrait known as "Migrant Mother" came forward in the late 1970s and was revealed to be Florence Owens Thompson (interview). She died in 1983. Read more here.

 
 
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