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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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Framed: 1972

Framed: 1972

"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972. Boy looking out from truck bed." The youngster seen earlier in "Chevy Men." Print from 35mm negative by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.

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A perfect picture

The framing, depth of field and grain of this photo are simply perfect. I hope Mr. Gedney gave the boy's mother a copy!

Early Morning Mist

Having once spent a short time in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, this picture is reminiscent of a very early morning on the acreage when there was work to be done as the young boy looks like he was made to awake very early and help with harvesting or farm work with the rest of the family, as he appears tired and not too happy. The foggy atmosphere and damp dewiness of the background makes me feel as though I'm there. Can't you just feel the moistness which permeates the morning?

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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