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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Extra Fancy: 1910

Extra Fancy: 1910

More delectables at the Edw. Neumann grocery in Detroit's Broadway Market circa 1910. 8x10 glass plate negative, Detroit Publishing. Superjumbo full size. Note the artfully arranged pickle slices in the big apothecary jar to the left.

 

Medicine Show: 1935

Medicine Show: 1935

October 1935. Medicine show at Huntingdon, Tennessee. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Step Right Up: 1939

Step Right Up: 1939

Summer 1939. Traveling carnival at Bozeman, Montana. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Shenandoah: 1938

Shenandoah: 1938

1938. Maher's Dance Hall in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, showing orchestra platform and dancers. (Note the stag line and that two of the couples are girl-girl.) View full size. 3x4 safety negative by Sheldon Dick. Twelve years after this picture was taken, the photographer, son of mimeograph magnate A.B. Dick, would meet a violent end along with his wife in a tragic murder-suicide.

 

Lock Up Your Daughters: 1940

Lock Up Your Daughters: 1940

July 1940. Migrant cherry picker in front of tent home. Berrien County, Michigan. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

The Simple Life: 1938

The Simple Life: 1938

July 1938. "Housing conditions in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, home of the American Bridge Company." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Too Much Excitement: 1941

Too Much Excitement: 1941

1941. At the picnic grounds in Vale, Oregon. "Interlude, after watching the Fourth of July parade." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 
 
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