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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 • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

City Sidewalks: 1940

City Sidewalks: 1940

May 1940. Business district and gas station in Des Moines, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Band of Brothers: 1940

Band of Brothers: 1940

June 1940. Pie Town, New Mexico. "Farmer and his brother making music." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Union Station: 1943

Union Station: 1943

January 1943. The waiting room of Union Station in Chicago. View full size. Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Bull's Bug-Dust: 1940

Bull's Bug-Dust: 1940

May 1940. "Scraps of paper blowing on bridge." St. Louis, Missouri. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Pie Town Ice Cream: 1940

Pie Town Ice Cream: 1940

June 1940. "Ice cream party at Pie Town, New Mexico. Ice cream is a great treat for someone who must drive thirty or forty miles for ice." View full size. Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Broad Street: 1865

Broad Street: 1865

1865. Charleston, South Carolina, after bombardment by the Federal Navy. Broad Street, looking east with the ruins of the Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar. Half of a glass-plate stereograph, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

War Clouds: 1864

War Clouds: 1864

1864. Vicinity of Savannah, Georgia. View of Fort McAllister on the Ogeechee River. View full size. Right half of a glass-plate stereograph by Samuel Cooley.

 
 
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