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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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Fast Food: 1938

Fast Food: 1938

A quick bite somewhere in Nebraska, October 1938. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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The days before Starbucks and McD's

When there was the famous neighborhood coffee shop.

Oh how I miss them.

My first thought

"Naked Lunch."

Something to warm the tummy

Hope whatever it was he ate, it was warm when it came from the kitchen. Notice that he's wearing a sweater under that jacket. Nothing chills you like a cold burger.

John Vachon's Leica

A novelty in this country at the time, back when 35mm Leicas were called "miniature cameras."


Perhaps after "N.C. Wyeth," but with the edginess of the empty bottle; more recognisably "Hopper"? Although with that open mouthed animation it's just got to be "Rockwell."

Nice candid.

Great depth of field.

Yes, I see the empty soda bottle

I recently got hassled by a young female colleague for ordering a hamburger and a coffee. She said it was her Granddad's customary meal. I'll bet he picked the habit up in a place like this.

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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