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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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Saturday Night: 1942

Saturday Night: 1942

January 1942. Community house Saturday night dance in the Farm Security Administration settlement of Woodville, California. View full size. Medium format safety transparency by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

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So this was a month or so after Pearl Harbor...

What an amazing photograph! I counted 111 people in this frame and all of them have a story to tell. If you capture this photo, then use an application like Corel to zoom in, you can see all the human emotions on different faces - all in this one photo.

Also, I'm a musician and I can't help but wonder who the leader of the band is - I think he's the guy on the far left - but you only see in shadow. Did he not like the other three guys in the band?

Back in the days when...

Back in the days when white people could actually dance!

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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