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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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St. Croix: 1941

St. Croix: 1941

December 1941. Another image from Jack Delano's Caribbean assignment. "Farm road near one of the villages on the northern coast of St. Croix, Virgin Islands." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the FSA.

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JD in VI

Gee, rough gig you had there, Jack.

Time Machine

Thank you for those words "time machine". All of a sudden it explained to me why I was so moved by those color pictures by the FSA-OWI photographer. I still remember the first one I saw reproduced in a magazine, years ago.

I had the same feeling when I saw "What Price Glory", a John Ford film in Technicolor, starring James Cagney, about the first world war. This war was supposed to be in black and white, wasn't it? A thing of the past, long gone. In color, even shot in a Hollywood studio, it suddenly becam so REAL.
Ray B.


Kodachrome is the closest thing to a time machine that we have. It is amazing how these 60 year old slides can look so completely now, today, what I would see were I there . . . then.

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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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