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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 • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Tex-Mex: 1939

Tex-Mex: 1939

February 1939. Robstown, Texas. Mexican boy playing guitar in room of corral. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Feeling Better Already: 1942

Feeling Better Already: 1942

February 1942. Red Cross nurse's aide and wounded serviceman, location unknown. 5x7 safety negative, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Sweet Cherries: 1941

Sweet Cherries: 1941

June 1941. Shopping for fruit and vegetables in San Diego. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Hello Muddah: 1912

Hello Muddah: 1912

Hunter's Island, New York, circa 1912. "Boy Scouts at Hunter's Island. Writing to the folks at home." View full size. Underwood & Underwood.

 

Golden Years: 1941

Golden Years: 1941

July 1941. "Sun bathers at the park swimming pool." Yet another shot by Russell Lee of the ladies of Caldwell, Idaho. 35mm nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Parris Island: 1942

Parris Island: 1942

May 1942. "When a husky leatherneck throws his weight on a line, things come his way. A member of a Marine barrage balloon unit in training at Parris Island, South Carolina, helps to ground one of the big bags that the Corps has added to its kit of fighting tools." View full size. 5x7 safety negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Montana Cowboys: 1939

Montana Cowboys: 1939

June 1939. Big Horn County, Montana. Quarter Circle U Ranch roundup. Cowhands singing after a day's work. View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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