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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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Fiesta Selfies: 1940

Fiesta Selfies: 1940

July 1940. "Quick photos at the fiesta at Taos, New Mexico." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

To Build a Fire: 1920

To Build a Fire: 1920

        "Say, Bill, don't you think the girls did a marvelous job setting up the tent?"

California circa 1920. "Briscoe auto at campsite." We'd say it's about time to rustle up some grub. Also we call dibs on that camp chair. Now where'd we put the cocktail shaker? 8.5 x 6.5 inch glass plate by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

One-Man Band: 1919

One-Man Band: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Organ grinder." With a custom-fitted organ cover. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Meet the Tenants: 1906

Meet the Tenants: 1906

Manhattan circa 1906. "Trinity Building and Broadway, New York." Along with Trinity Church cemetery and its Independence Memorial Spire. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Duplex Hovel: 1938

Duplex Hovel: 1938

September 1938. "Home of old and sick mine foreman and WPA worker and their families. Charleston, W.Va." Including he youngsters seen earlier here and here. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Gifts of the Magi: 1928

Gifts of the Magi: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Beckers Leather Goods. Display." For the femme fatale in your life, snakeskin luggage. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Tot Box: 1936

Tot Box: 1936

September 1938. "WPA (Works Progress Administration) worker's children with toys in their play yard. South Charleston, West Virginia." Last seen here. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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