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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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Delta County: 1940

Delta County: 1940

1940. Delta County, Colorado. "Hay stack and automobiles of peach pickers." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the FSA.

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Not to mention enabling the greatest wealth and standard of living the world has ever seen.

Wonder how many horses would be required to replace those cars??? And the resources required by city planners to support them. Guess we could all go back to walking or bicycling across the country. But then you'd need to give up on fresh fruit and veggies.

The world would certainly get much bigger again for the masses.


And they've done nothing but befoul our atmosphere and ruin city planning ever since! They are pretty, though.

[They do one other thing: Get you where you want to go. - Dave]

Will Rogers

Will Rogers once said something like "This is the only country in the world that ever went to the poorhouse in an automobile". The motor car probably had more to do with the westward migration of Americans during the depression era and post WWII than the wagon trains and railroads.

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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