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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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American Gothic: 1935

American Gothic: 1935

October 1935. "Rural rehabilitation clients. Boone County, Arkansas." 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.


Old Before Her Time

The lady's bangs are graying. She has probably never saw running water in a house or a washing machine or a vacuum sweeper. Chances are good she never sat in a bathtub, only in a No.2 galvanized metal tub that was filled with water hauled up from the creek.

Touching Portrait

This is a really touching portrait. They are looking directly at the camera. This is who we are. God bless 'em, I hope everything turned out ok.

The Old Math

One and one makes three!

Between the Lines

She: I am so mad at him! I told him to bring home some hay for the cow

He: I think I'll go fishing

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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