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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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Red Robin: 1941

Red Robin: 1941

"Cold drinks on the Fourth of July" at the Red Robin Coffee Shop in Vale, Oregon. The year was 1941. Can we stay just a little longer? View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

On the Grid: 1939

On the Grid: 1939

Washington, D.C., in 1939. "Aerial view in front of the Willard Hotel at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, showing pedestrians and rather dense traffic in autos and streetcars." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by David Myers.

 

Boys and Girls: 1941

Boys and Girls: 1941

July 1941. "Boys and girls. Caldwell, Idaho." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. I see the makings here of a double date.

 

The End of the Innocence: 1941

The End of the Innocence: 1941

Caldwell, Idaho. The summer of 1941, on or around the Fourth of July. Water fountain outside the bank seen in the post above. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. Slurp.

 

Neumann Grocery: 1910

Neumann Grocery: 1910

The Edw. Neumann grocery at Broadway Market in Detroit circa 1910. 8x10 glass plate negative, Detroit Publishing. View superjumbo full size. (Which is still less than half the pixel dimensions of the full-resolution, 6100 x 5000 image -- i.e., less than a quarter of the available detail!) Who'll be the first to count all the cans?

 

Dear John: 1942

Dear John: 1942

August 1942. "National music camp at Interlochen, Michigan, where 300 or more young musicians study symphonic music for eight weeks each summer. Writing to the boyfriend back home." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Siegel for the Farm Security Administration.

 

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.

 
 
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