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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Ready to Rock: 1937

Ready to Rock: 1937

1937. Cabinetmaker's workshop in Skyline Farms, Alabama. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Sunday School: 1937

Sunday School: 1937

1937. Sunday School at Penderlea Farms, a Resettlement Administration project in North Carolina. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn.

 

Organ Transplant: 1937

Organ Transplant: 1937

February 1937. "An organ deposited by the flood on a farm near Mount Vernon, Indiana." View full size. 5x7 safety negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Wright Whirlwind: 1942

Wright Whirlwind: 1942

August 1942. Mechanic Mary Josephine Farley works on a Wright Whirlwind motor in the Corpus Christi, Texas, Naval Air Base assembly and repairs shop. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem.

 

Clarence and Alonzo: 1900

Clarence and Alonzo: 1900

Clarence "Grandpa" Liv and Alonzo "Teddy" Tucker behind the Wright Cycle Company on West Third Street in Dayton, Ohio, circa 1897-1901. 4x5 dry-plate glass negative by Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. View full size.

 

The Organ Grinder: 1910

The Organ Grinder: 1910

An organ grinder on the streets of New York's Lower East Side circa 1910. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Welcome to St. Augustine: 1865

Welcome to St. Augustine: 1865

A street in St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1865. View full size. Left half of a wet-collodion glass-plate stereograph made by Samuel A. Cooley.

 
 
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