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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 • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Pinus Ponderosa: 1942

Pinus Ponderosa: 1942

July 1942. "Stand of virgin ponderosa pine, Malheur National Forest, Grant County, Oregon." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

 

Sea of Faces: 1908

Sea of Faces: 1908

September 24, 1908. West Allis, Wisconsin. "Taft crowd at Allis-Chalmers works." Audience for William Taft, speaking from the platform of his train at the Allis- Chalmers yards. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection.

 

Operation Strangle: 1944

Operation Strangle: 1944

Spring 1944. Another target for Operation Strangle. "French airmen hit a pinpoint target. Flying with the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces under the tricolor of France, the Frenchmen split a vital rail bridge 600 feet long and 15 feet wide at the Piteccio viaduct in central Italy. On the wing of the American-made B-26 bomber may be seen the roundel of the French Air Force." View full size.

 

Bridge Wreck: 1925

Bridge Wreck: 1925

June 17, 1925. "Klingle Ford Bridge wreck" in Washington, D.C., just off (and under) Connecticut Avenue. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size. Who can identify the car?

 

War Games: 1943

War Games: 1943

1943. On maneuvers in wartime Washington. "A soldier and a woman in a park, with the Old [Russell] Senate Office Building behind them." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency, photographer unknown. Office of War Information.

 

The Little Sepia Schoolhouse: 1905

The Little Sepia Schoolhouse: 1905

A schoolhouse, schoolmarm and students circa 1905, "possibly in South Carolina." View full size. Gelatin silver print by Detroit Publishing.

 

A Practical Education: 1913

A Practical Education: 1913

October 1913. Houston, Texas. Curtin Hines. Western Union messenger #36. Fourteen years old. Goes to school. Works from 4 to 8 p.m. Been with Western Union for six months, one month delivering for a drug store. "I learned a lot about the 'Reservation' [Red Light] while I was at the drug store and I go there sometimes now." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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