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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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The Cable Guy: 1942

The Cable Guy: 1942

June 1942. "This husky member of a construction crew building a 33,000 volt power line into Fort Knox is performing an important war service. Thousands of soldiers are in training there, and the new line from a hydroelectric plant at Louisville is needed to supplement the existing power supply." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

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Still Amazing

Every time a 4x5 Kodachrome is posted, I'm still amazed by the clarity and vividness of the picture. To see people that long ago so clearly really helps to put myself back in that time.

Thank goodness for the OWI

The Congress may have wondered why they were spending money for OWI photographers, but I for one am glad they spent that money.

I'll bet copper thieves wouldn't take these guys on.


The photo changed from my first comment! What gives?

[I found a second photo (with the same caption) that I liked better. For the record, here's the first guy below. And to the right, an arm probably belonging to Shirtless Guy. - Dave]

Ah, working men

I love the jauntily tipped cap.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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