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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 • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Church Ladies: 1941

Church Ladies: 1941

Easter Sunday, April 1941. Waiting for the processional at an Episcopal church in South Side Chicago. View full size. Photograph by Russell Lee.

 

Got Meat?

Got Meat?

East Side peddler, New York. Circa 1915. View full size. 5x7 glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Colossus: 1942

Colossus: 1942

June 1942. Crane at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Douglas Dam. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. An amazing photograph.

 

John Slebzak: 1909

John Slebzak: 1909

John Slebzak, working on the Bottomley farm near Baltimore with his family (Polish). They have worked here three years and one winter at Avery Island, Louisiana. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Galewood Yard: 1943

Galewood Yard: 1943

April 1943. Galewood Yard of the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul and Pacific Railroad (Milwaukee Road) at Chicago. View full size (if you don't, you're missing a lot). 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Bay Windows: 1899

Bay Windows: 1899

Man on the porch of his house in Georgia, probably near Atlanta. 1899 or 1900. View full size. Gelatin silver print from the collection of W.E.B. Du Bois.

 

Hood Ornament: 1948

Hood Ornament: 1948

April 7, 1948: "Woman with chest & stomach on mat, head up and hands behind her back holding her feet." View full size. New York World-Telegram & Sun photo by Phyllis Twatchman. (Looks like a cross between Madonna and Marilyn.)

 
 
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