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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Family Guy: 1920

Family Guy: 1920

Taking the air in Washington, D.C., in 1920. "McDevitt, wife and baby." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The City That Works: 1943

The City That Works: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. "General view of part of the South Water Street Illinois Central Railroad freight terminal." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Manhattan: 1941

Manhattan: 1941

December 1941. "Lower Manhattan seen from the S.S. Coamo leaving New York." View full size. 35mm negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information

 

The Three S's: 1942

The Three S's: 1942

February 1942. "Do you know why sugar must be rationed? Why you can't buy any more refrigerators or pleasure cars? There's plenty of material available on these subjects which can be obtained from the government." View full size. Medium format negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information.

 

Earth and Sky: 1938

Earth and Sky: 1938

Puerto Rico, January 1938. "Workers in a tobacco field. The straw shed in the background is a hurricane shelter." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Dead Man's Curve: 1920

Dead Man's Curve: 1920

1920. "Dead Man's Curve. Baltimore tour." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Note the tiny DANGER sign in the middle.

 

Cute as a Button: 1920

Cute as a Button: 1920

Or maybe cute as a bow. The Chester children, with Julie on the left, in Washington, D.C., 1920. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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