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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Future Biker: 1935

Future Biker: 1935

October 1935 in Omar, West Virginia. A better view of the motorcycle seen two posts down. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

 

Omar: 1935

Omar: 1935

October 1935. A street scene in the mining town of Omar, West Virginia. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Casino Matinee: 1935

Casino Matinee: 1935

October 1935. Matinee at the Casino Cinema in Amite City, Louisiana. Among the current offerings: Laurel and Hardy in "Tit for Tat." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Sunday in the Park: 1942

Sunday in the Park: 1942

New York's Central Park on a Sunday in September 1942, with the twin towers of the San Remo apartments in the background. View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information.

 

Lynn & Hugh: 1943

Lynn & Hugh: 1943

December 1943. Hugh and Lynn Massman sightseeing on their first day in Washington. Their baby, Joey, is being taken care of in the nursery at the United Nations service center. View full size. Caption and medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

Washington: 1943

Washington: 1943

December 1943. Visitors at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington. View full size. 3x3 safety negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

Bantam: 1942

Bantam: 1942

January 1942. Bantam, Connecticut. The business section of Bantam with the camera facing south along Lafayette Boulevard (Route 25). A few rods to the left is the Warren McArthur plant [fabricator of aluminum aircraft parts], while the block of stores visible at the left includes Mitchell's Tavern, the First National Store, a garage and two service stations. Not shown, but lying just this side of Mitchell's restaurant, is the birthplace of Horace Bushnell, a discoverer of anaesthesia. Reading from the right are the Episcopal Church, Tony's Bantam Inn (favorite eating place), Marcel Roy's drugstore, the Bantam grocery store and the firehouse. View full size. Photo and caption by Howard Hollem for the OWI.

 
 
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