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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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Three Women: 1940

Three Women: 1940

Iowa, 1940. "Untitled." A rather enigmatic scene -- Iowa noir. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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1000 Yard Stare

I recognize that look. We women perfected it many, many generations ago.


Candid photography was just one reason the 35mm rangefinder became an important tool. It changed the way we saw things. Small, silent and perfect for this application.

If only...

I wish I could see the background a bit better, because this almost looks like the train station in Osceola, Iowa. Still in use as the Amtrak station for the California Zephyr.

At the bus station

Ticket in hand? Phone booth against the wall? Popcorn machine near the window? Dressed for a fashionable arrival in St. Louis?


Interesting old popcorn machine next to the door. Bus station?


One wonders what these ladies are waiting for, maybe to have a prescription filled? Whatever, they appear to be totally oblivious to the camera and are maintaining a rather stony silence.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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