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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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Kempton: 1939

Kempton: 1939

May 1939. The coal company town of Kempton, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Tasty Hamburgers: 1941

Tasty Hamburgers: 1941

April 1941. "Lunch wagon for Negroes. Chicago, Illinois." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Keerless Love: 1935

Keerless Love: 1935

October 1935. Scotts Run, West Virginia. Doped singer: "Love, oh love, oh keerless love." Relief investigator reported a number of dope cases at Scotts Run. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative and caption by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

 

Bystander: 1937

Bystander: 1937

December 1937. Street scene in Washington, D.C. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Mt. Vernon Straight Ahead: 1940

Mt. Vernon Straight Ahead: 1940

February 1940. An oil worker in Salem, Illinois. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Salem: 1940

Salem: 1940

February 1940. The business district in Salem, Illinois. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Roy Nelin: 1942

Roy Nelin: 1942

December 1942. Melrose Park, Illinois. Roy Nelin, a box packer in the Proviso Yard roundhouse of the Chicago & North Western R.R. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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