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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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Window on the World: 1908

Window on the World: 1908

October 1908. "Lunch time at the Economy Glass Works in Morgantown, W. Va. Plenty more like this inside." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Tipple Boy: 1908

Tipple Boy: 1908

August 1908. Tipple boy at the Turkey Knob coal mine in Macdonald, West Virginia. Says the LOC: "Patron identifies this as her grandfather, Otha Porter Martin, born July 3, 1897." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Hello, Internet: 1935

Hello, Internet: 1935

October 1935. Cotton picker in Pulaski County, Arkansas. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Kimball: 1935

Kimball: 1935

October 1935. The coal mining center of Kimball, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Over and Under: 1938

Over and Under: 1938

Summer of 1938. "Underpass in central Ohio, Route 40. Roadside does not at first present a definite or meaningful picture. Closer investigation begins to reveal the character of the place." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn.

 

Grand Union: 1952

Grand Union: 1952

April 29, 1952. The Grand Union supermarket at 100 Broadway in East Paterson, New Jersey. View full size. 4x5 inch acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner.

 

Miller Time: 1935

Miller Time: 1935

October 1935. Workers coming off the job at Consolidated Coal in Jenkins, Kentucky. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

 
 
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