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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FIND THE RANGE OF YOUR PATRIOTISM

Holy Mothers: 1942

Holy Mothers: 1942

August 1942. "Mrs. Ella Watson, a government charwoman for 26 years who supports adopted daughter as well as daughter and three grandchildren on an annual salary of $1,080, reading the Bible in her bedroom." 4x5 inch acetate negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Eleventh and P: 1942

Eleventh and P: 1942

August 1942. Washington, D.C. "Corner store on 11th Street N.W. which is patronized by Mrs. Ella Watson, a government charwoman." Medium format negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

American Smelting: 1938

American Smelting: 1938

November 1938. "Largest smelting furnace in the world. Omaha, Nebraska." Photo by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Ice Palace: 1942

Ice Palace: 1942

November 1942. "Chevy Chase Ice Palace, Washington. D.C. Skating in ballroom." Photo by Edwin Rosskam for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bread, Brooms & Beyond: 1942

Bread, Brooms & Beyond: 1942

August 1942. Washington, D.C. "Grocery store at 1426 11th Street N.W., across the street from Mrs. Ella Watson, a government charwoman." 4x5 inch acetate negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

An Impressive Specimen: 1942

An Impressive Specimen: 1942

August 1942. Washington, D.C. "Housewife bargaining in the store owned by Mr. J. Benjamin." Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Sunshine & Shadow: 1916

Sunshine & Shadow: 1916

June 5, 1916. New York. "Miss Mackay's pageant Children of Sunshine and Shadow (with the hoop symbolizing 'Play') as presented at Washington Irving High School." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Queen of Soul: 1942-2018

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Queen of Soul: 1942-2018

        Aretha Franklin, universally acclaimed as the “Queen of Soul” and one of America’s greatest singers in any style, died on Thursday at her home in Detroit. She was 76.

"Aretha Franklin, Jazz & Blues portfolio, 1968." Dye transfer print by Lee Friedlander. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. View full size.

 
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