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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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Don't Mess With Texas

Don't Mess With Texas

Circa 1900. "U.S.S. Texas discharging ammunition." The Navy battleship nicknamed "Old Hoodoo." 8x10 glass negative by Edward Hart. View full size.

 

Auntie Mame: 1958

Auntie Mame: 1958

      "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"

September 1958. "Rosalind Russell in costume from the film Auntie Mame posed with author Patrick Dennis (E.E. Tanner III)." Photo by Douglas Jones for the Look magazine assignment "The Man Behind Auntie Mame." View full size.

 

Two Men and a Musky

Two Men and a Musky

Detroit circa 1902. "A muskelunge (fish)." Who wants pike? 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

American Dream: 1936

American Dream: 1936

May 1936. "Home of worker in strip coal mine. Cherokee County, Kansas." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

City Life: 1936

City Life: 1936

April 1936. "Exterior of house at 912 North 8th Street. Milwaukee, Wisconsin." Photo by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

No Swearing Gambling Drinking

No Swearing Gambling Drinking

January 1937. "Children of citrus workers in hallway of apartment house. Winter Haven, Fla." Swearing, Gambling and Drinking, with their little brother Allowed. Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

No Problem: 1939

No Problem: 1939

January 1939. "Small truck farmer from North Carolina. His neck was broken and is in a brace. Near Belle Glade, Florida." And then he found work as a meme. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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