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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • SKI FUN IN QUÉBEC, 1930s

Mrs. Clean: 1942

Mrs. Clean: 1942

August 1942. "Ella Watson, government charwoman who provides for a family of six on her salary of $1,080 per year. She has been a federal employee for 26 years." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Omaha Stakes: 1938

Omaha Stakes: 1938

        We've updated this post from 2008, originally illustrated with a low-res catalog print, with this high-resolution scan made from the original negative.

November 1938. Omaha, Nebraska. "Cars parked diagonally along a row of parking meters." Photo by John Vachon for the FSA. View full size.

 

Heir to the Hoorah: 1906

Heir to the Hoorah: 1906

1906. "Mobile, Alabama -- Old Market House at Royal and Church." Our title comes from the theatrical billboard next to the seafood market. View full size.

 

Sons of Charleston: 1900

Sons of Charleston: 1900

Circa 1900. "Confederate Monument, Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, S.C." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Stars und Stripes: 1939

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Stars und Stripes: 1939

October 30, 1939. "German-American Bund parade on East 86th Street." New York World-Telegram photo (Library of Congress). View full size.

        Gerhard Kunze, leader of the German-American Bund, fled to Mexico in November 1941, with plans to evacuate to Germany by submarine. Instead he was captured by federal agents and sentenced to 15 years in prison for espionage; his predecessor, the Munich-born Fritz Kuhn, was arrested, stripped of his citizenship, imprisoned and, after the war was over, deported to Germany, where he died in 1951.

Zines & Beans: 1938

Zines & Beans: 1938

November 1938. "Capitol Avenue storefronts, Omaha, Nebraska." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Vertical Eight: 1927

Vertical Eight: 1927

San Francisco, 1927. "Stutz Vertical Eight with Safety Chassis." Last glimpsed here. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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