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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Guitar Four Hands: 1942

Guitar Four Hands: 1942

Weslaco, Texas. The "musical Drake family," performing at a barn dance in the Farm Security Administration's Mercer G. Evans camp, February 1942. Medium-format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. Update: The fiddler is Nathan Drake, the younger boy is Jasper "Sleepy" Drake, and behind him is brother Weldon Drake. View full size.

 

Texas Saturday Night: 1942

Texas Saturday Night: 1942

February 1942. Weslaco, Texas. Saturday night dance at the Farm Security Administration camp with music by the Drake family. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

The Drakes: 1942

The Drakes: 1942

February 1942. Weslaco, Texas. Younger members of the Drake family, including the young man shown playing at the barn dance elsewhere in today's posts, at the Farm Security Administration's Mercer Evans camp. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. Update: The banjo player is Jasper "Sleepy" Drake; his sister Monnie is the guitarist.

 

Just What I Always Wanted: 1901

Just What I Always Wanted: 1901

January 1901. Dayton, Ohio. "Bertha Wright, age five, niece of the Wright brothers, daughter of Lorin Wright," with some of her many Christmas presents. Dry-plate glass negative by the Wright Brothers. View full size.

 

Fayetteville: 1941

Fayetteville: 1941

March 1941. Traffic on the main street of Fayetteville, North Carolina, at about 5 o'clock, when the workers start coming out of Fort Bragg. View from the "old marketplace." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Jack Delano.

 

The Back Way: 1935

The Back Way: 1935

December 1935. Hamilton County, Ohio. Alleyway leading off Van Horn Street. 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the FSA. View full size.

 

Hats Off for Cal: 1926

Hats Off for Cal: 1926

May 1, 1926. President Coolidge and Boy Scouts on the South Lawn of the White House. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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