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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

Missouri: 1938

Missouri: 1938

May 1938. New Madrid County, Missouri. "Wife and child of sharecropper, cut-over farmer of Mississippi bottoms." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Cafe Texan: 1939

Cafe Texan: 1939

April 1939. Street scene in San Augustine, Texas. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Ramallah: 1939

Ramallah: 1939

Radio masts in Ramallah, British Mandate Palestine, circa 1939. 5x7 dry plate glass negative from the Matson Photo Service collection. View full size.

 

I Am the Oud Man: 1940

I Am the Oud Man: 1940

Oud player at the Palestine Broadcasting Service studios in Jerusalem circa 1940 during the British Mandate. View full size. 5x7 acetate, Matson Photo Service.

 

Our Humble Chapeaux: 1914

Our Humble Chapeaux: 1914

May 25, 1914. "Mrs. Del Campo and Ruth Rabasa," daughter of the Mexican diplomat Emilio Rabasa. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Fair Beauty: 1940

Fair Beauty: 1940

October 1940. "Winner at the Delta County Fair" in Colorado. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

Feeling Hot Hot Hot

1939 or 1940. "Square-dance orchestra during intermission; notice sweated shirt of host." McIntosh County, Oklahoma. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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