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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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Lois at the Piano: 1936

Lois at the Piano: 1936

December 1936. "Lois Madsen playing the piano in the home of her father, Harry Madsen, owner-operator of three hundred and sixty acre farm near Dickens, Iowa. (Suggest this as contrast showing difference in opportunity offered children in owner-operated farms and that offered in poorer tenant or hired hand homes)." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Geneva Mill: 1942

Geneva Mill: 1942

November 1942. Geneva, Utah. Columbia Steel Co. "Partly finished open hearth furnaces and stacks for a mill which will soon be producing vitally needed steel." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger.

 

Payne Mill: 1909

Payne Mill: 1909

January 1909. Macon, Georgia. "This boy has worked in Payne Cotton Mill for 2 yrs. Runs four sides and earns 52 cents a day. Overseer has hand on boy's shoulder. He said this mill made 70% profit last year and expects to make 100% this year. Owned by Bibb Mfg. Co." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

La Dolorosa: 1943

La Dolorosa: 1943

Spring 1943. Trampas, New Mexico. "A Santo bulto and a painting of the Dolorosa in the church." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Casa Morini: 1912

Casa Morini: 1912

November 1912. South Framingham, Massachusetts. "Home of Rufine Morini, 6 Coburn Street. Two mothers, three children 10, 8 and 6 years old, working on tags for Dennison. Children anaemic. Make $10 (more or less) a month. Witness, F.A. Smith." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

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.

 

Happy Days: 1902

Happy Days: 1902

"Happy Days." Gertrude Kasebier's grandson Charles O'Malley in 1902. 8x10 dry-plate glass negative. View full size. You can't get much cuter than this.

 
 
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