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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Stolen Harmony: 1935

Stolen Harmony: 1935

October 1935. At the movies in Amite City, Louisiana. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Thomas Circle: 1943

Thomas Circle: 1943

December 1943. National City Christian Church on Thomas Circle in Washington, D.C. Medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley. Superjumbo full size.

 

Stone Pony: 1943

Stone Pony: 1943

December 1943. Detail of "Man Controlling Trade," a limestone statue completed in 1942 by Michael Lantz for the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. View full size. Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley.

 

Southern Belles: 1935

Southern Belles: 1935

October 1935. "Girls outside movie house in Amite City, Louisiana." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Organization Man: 1943

Organization Man: 1943

A display showing savings from materials substitution at the 1943 U.S.-Canadian Combined Conservation Committee Exhibit in Washington, D.C. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley.

 

Today's Tom Sawyer: 1940

Today's Tom Sawyer: 1940

Making his third appearance here in as many days, the impish Iowa farmboy captured on film by John Vachon in May 1940. View full size.

 

The Alamo: 1937

The Alamo: 1937

December 1937. The Alamo movie theater in Washington, D.C. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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