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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Cal and Car: 1924

Cal and Car: 1924

August 14, 1924. President Calvin Coolidge and his radio-equipped Buick automobile in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

New Brunswick: 1936

New Brunswick: 1936

February 1936. "Narrow street in New Brunswick, New Jersey." View full size. 3¼x4¼ nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration.

 

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.

 
 
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