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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 • THE CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Machine Shop: 1953

Machine Shop: 1953

Nov. 17, 1953. "F&R Machine Works, 44-14 Astoria Blvd., Long Island City, N.Y. General view from balcony. C.M. Johnson, client." Busy making whatchamacallits. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

In Just-spring: 1952

In Just-spring: 1952

"May 4, 1952. Dam at Blue Earth below cemetery." The latest installment of Minnesota Kodachromes might be titled "Tadpole and the Big Dippers." And hey, did you see that fish?! 35mm color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

Welcome to Washington: 1913

Welcome to Washington: 1913

        In 1913, the Sioux chief Hollow Horn Bear led a delegation of Indians to the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. He caught pneumonia during the visit and died.

Washington, D.C., ca. 1913. "Hollow Horn Bear." Whose visage graced five-dollar bills and 14-cent postage stamps, and whose companion's figure has been whittled down by Harris & Ewing's retouchers. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Forsyth Street: 1910

Forsyth Street: 1910

1910. "Forsyth Street looking east." Our 20th large-format, high-resolution view of Jacksonville, Florida. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Heart of Darkness: 1943

Heart of Darkness: 1943

March 1943. "Argentine, Kansas. Freight train about to leave the Santa Fe railyard for the West Coast." Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Sun Belt: 1937

Sun Belt: 1937

January 1937. "Deerfield, Florida. Migrant agricultural worker from Oklahoma." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

High Wires: 1936

High Wires: 1936

April 1936. "Chicago & Milwaukee tracks. Housing alongside electric railroad. Milwaukee freight yards and industrial plants overshadowed by residential district." Photo by Carl Mydans, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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