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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 • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Karnak: 1858

Karnak: 1858

Portico at ruins of Hypostyle Hall, Temple of Karnak at Luxor, Egypt, circa 1858. View full size. Albumen print by Francis Frith.

 

Potomac Rowers: 1921

Potomac Rowers: 1921

"Potomac Boat Club Sema [?] Sig," 1921, with the Key Bridge under construction in the background. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

The House Jack Built: 1940

The House Jack Built: 1940

Sept. 1940. The Jack Whinery family in their Pie Town dugout. Homesteader Whinery, a licensed preacher, donates his services to the local church. More on the family below. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

 

Pie Town Homesteaders: 1940

Pie Town Homesteaders: 1940

September 1940. Jack Whinery, Pie Town, New Mexico, homesteader, with his wife and the youngest of his five children in their dirt-floor dugout home. Whinery homesteaded with no cash less than a year ago and does not have much equipment; consequently he and his family farm the slow, hard way, by hand. Main window of their dugout was made from the windshield of the worn-out car which brought this family to Pie Town from West Texas. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Lowest Price in Town Sale: 1938

Lowest Price in Town Sale: 1938

Summer 1938. Drugstore window in Newark, Ohio. View full size. Photograph (35mm nitrate negative) by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

This Won't Hurt a Bit: 1943

This Won't Hurt a Bit: 1943

April 1943. Dr. Schreiber gives a typhoid inoculation at a rural school in San Augustine County, Texas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Miller Time: 1943

Miller Time: 1943

June 1943. Workers leaving the Pennsylvania shipyards at Beaumont, Texas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon.

 
 
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