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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 • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Mobile Home: 1936

Mobile Home: 1936

"To serve the crops of California, thousands of families live on wheels. Near Bakersfield, California." View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

R.P. Bean Ranch: c. 1910

R.P. Bean Ranch: c. 1910

The R.P. Bean Ranch, with four cowboys and three horses, near Van Horn, Texas, c. 1910. View full size (Courtesy Portal to Texas History).

Home Work Wagon: 1912

Home Work Wagon: 1912

August 1912. "The wagon that delivers Home Work to Somerville, Massachusetts. The owner of the wagon (who is not the driver) is O. H. Brown, 27 Main Street, Reading. These wagons (about 4 in all) are worked on commission, not owned by factory." ("Home work" here meant pre-cut cloth patterns ready to be sewn into various articles of clothing.) View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. Note the curious tassels hanging off the horse. (Answer: It's a fly fringe.)

 

Calle de Coca-Cola: 1941

Calle de Coca-Cola: 1941

Street in San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 1941. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, who moved to Puerto Rico permanently in 1946. The cross street is Calle de Rafael Cordero and the street we're looking down is Calle de Dr. Jose C. Barb-- with the last few letters obscured.

 

Amarillo, Texas: 1943

Amarillo, Texas: 1943

View of Amarillo, Texas, taken on Santa Fe R.R. trip in March 1943. South Tyler at SW 10th Avenue. View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Proviso Yard: 1943

Proviso Yard: 1943

Freight cars in the Proviso Yard of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. April or May 1943. View full size. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

The Misses Go Motoring: 1910

The Misses Go Motoring: 1910

"Miss Powell and Miss Sands" circa 1910. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 
 
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