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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 • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Making Sparks Fly: 1942

Making Sparks Fly: 1942

June 1942. Boiler welder at Combustion Engineering in Chattanooga, Tennessee. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Long Beach: 1942

Long Beach: 1942

October 1942. "American mothers and sisters, like these women at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California, give important help in producing dependable planes for their men at the front." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Lighter Than Air: 1942

Lighter Than Air: 1942

May 1942. Marines training in barrage balloon technique at Parris Island, South Carolina. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

The Summer of ’36

The Summer of ’36

Summer 1936. Children of sharecropper Frank Tengle at their Hale County, Alabama, cabin. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Walker Evans.

 

Family Portrait: 1936

Family Portrait: 1936

Summer of 1936. William Edward "Bud" Fields, wife Lily Rogers Fields and infant daughter Lilian at their sharecropper cabin in Hale County, Alabama. Photograph by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Lily Fields: 1936

Lily Fields: 1936

Summer 1936. Lily Rogers Fields and two of her children in their Hale County, Alabama, cabin. Husband is cotton sharecropper Bud Fields. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Loud and Clear : 1922

Loud and Clear : 1922

Lester Picker listens to his shortwave radio through earphones while convalescing after breaking his back when he fell 55 feet erecting an aerial for the radio. Photograph by Underwood & Underwood, April 18, 1922. View full size. (Updated with additional information on Lester — click here and scroll down.)

 
 
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