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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 NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Souvenirs & Curios: 1905

Souvenirs & Curios: 1905

Circa 1905. "Street view, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania." Where the archi­tectural aesthetic seems to be Rustic Twig. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Garbage Out: 1943

Garbage Out: 1943

May 1943. "New York. Emptying garbage and trash from Harlem apartment houses." Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Awning Manor: 1908

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Awning Manor: 1908

1908. "Rockingham Hotel, Portsmouth, New Hampshire." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Pabsts Past: 1900

Pabsts Past: 1900

Circa 1900. "Pabst brewery, Milwaukee." Avenue of the Beer-Wagons. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Sweet Home Alabama: 1937

Sweet Home Alabama: 1937

April 1937. "Negro houses in Mobile, Ala." Our third dispatch today from Arthur Rothstein's trip south for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Good Eats: 1937

Good Eats: 1937

1937. "Restaurant in Mobile, Alabama." Welcome to the Wooden Shoe, where you can order your eggs "dressed up" (but not too loudly, because it's a "Quiet Zone"). Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Company Town: 1937

Company Town: 1937

February 1937. "Company steel town. Jefferson County, Alabama." The stomping grounds of our namesake Shorpy Higginbotham, killed in a mining accident in 1928. Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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