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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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Watchers: 1938

Watchers: 1938

October 1938. Cincinnati, Ohio. "Watching the sesquicentennial parade go by." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

Down and Out in Omaha: 1938

Down and Out in Omaha: 1938

November 1938. "Unemployed man. Omaha, Nebraska." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Spelling It Out: 1920

Spelling It Out: 1920

April 15, 1920. Washington, D.C. A timeless message from the tots seen earlier today in the previous post. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Earth Day: 1920

Earth Day: 1920

April 15, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Tree planting." View full size. I looked high and low for a good CCC photo in honor of Earth Day, but they were all disappointingly low-res. So it's a National Photo glass negative to the rescue.

 

Speed Racer: 1941

Speed Racer: 1941

December 1941. White Motor Company, Cleveland. "The chassis of an Army halftrack scout car get a workout. When this test driver at a large Midwest plant has put the machine through its paces, he'll know if it meets the exacting specifications of the Army." View full size. 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Cover Nipper: 1911

Cover Nipper: 1911

October 1911. South Framingham, Massachusetts. Joseph Frank Nugent, 22 Howard Street, works in Department 8A of Dennison Factory; makes paper boxes. "I nip the covers." "One year there, 'bout time for a raise." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. This reminds me of a painting by Magritte.

 

Bundle Boys: 1910

Bundle Boys: 1910

May 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Bundle Boys at Nugent's, Washington and Broadway." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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