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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 • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

The Hill: 1938

The Hill: 1938

July 1938. Houses on "The Hill" slum section of Pittsburgh. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Our Mother's Cocoa: 1940

Our Mother's Cocoa: 1940

February 1940. A grocery store in Salem, Illinois. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Camden: 1939

Camden: 1939

October 1939. A street scene in Camden, New Jersey. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Let It Snow: 1940

Let It Snow: 1940

February 1940 in Chillicothe, Ohio. Guests in a hotel lobby watching the snowstorm. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 

On the Town: 1936

On the Town: 1936

April 1936. Three ladies out and about in Jackson, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Theodor Jung for the Farm Security Administration.

 

IC Conditions: 1940

IC Conditions: 1940

February 1940. Shoppers on a wet winter day in the business district of Iowa City. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. Greetings to his daughter, Shorpy fan Annie Rothstein-Segan. "Dad would have loved to know that you feature his pictures so often," she writes. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

 

Davenport: 1940

Davenport: 1940

February 1940. Government Bridge (or Arsenal Bridge) across the Mississippi River at Davenport, Iowa, on a snowy day. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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