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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Gee's Bend: 1937

Gee's Bend: 1937

February 1937. Gee's Bend, Alabama. Descendants of former slaves of the Pettway Plantation. They are still living under primitive conditions there. Meat in sacks hangs from tree limbs to be cured. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Propellerheads: 1925

Propellerheads: 1925

Feb. 20, 1925. Rep. P.B. O' Sullivan, Gen. Billy Mitchell and Maj. Henry B. Clagett with biplane ("Plover") at Bolling Field. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Vulcan Iron Works: 1865

Vulcan Iron Works: 1865

1865. Charleston, South Carolina. Archibald McLeish's Vulcan Iron Works on Cumberland Street. Left half of glass-plate stereograph, from photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. View full size. Note the unusually elaborate sign, as well as what seem to be the giant wheels of an artillery carriage.

 

Convergence: 1941

Convergence: 1941

September 1941. "Ranch mailbox near Farson, Wyoming." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA.

 

Super Bowl: 1944

Super Bowl: 1944

March 1944. "Thomas Gilmartin bowling at the Lighthouse, an institution for the blind at 111 East 59th Street in New York. Rail on his left is a guide to the starting line." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Richard Boyer.

 

Penfield of Princeton: 1911

Penfield of Princeton: 1911

Sept. 25, 1911. Princeton tackle (and later noted brain surgeon) Wilder Graves Penfield. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Manzanar: 1943

Manzanar: 1943

1943. Japanese-American internees at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California. "Players involved in a football game on a dusty field, buildings and mountains in the distance. Note: Be sure and straighten horizon when printing." Medium-format nitrate negative by Ansel Adams. View full size.

 
 
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