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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 • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Blades, Combs, Laces: 1939

Blades, Combs, Laces: 1939

November 1939. "Street vendor's goods. Waco, Texas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Terminal Lunch: 1943

Terminal Lunch: 1943

September 1943. "Greyhound bus station in Indianapolis." View full size. Medium-format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.

 

Speed Demon: 1938

Speed Demon: 1938

November 1938. "Radiator cap. Laurel, Mississippi." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Texas Topper: 1939

Texas Topper: 1939

March 1939. San Antonio, Texas. "Man painting automobile top near market." View full size. 35mm negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration.

 

Omaha: 1938

Omaha: 1938

November 1938. "Watching the Armistice Day parade. Omaha, Nebraska." 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Colored Fountain: 1938

The Colored Fountain: 1938

April 1938. "Drinking fountain on the county courthouse lawn." Halifax, North Carolina. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

Main Street: 1936

Main Street: 1936

October 1936. "Main and Marion. French section, west side of river, Amoskeag, Manchester, New Hampshire." View full size. 35mm negative by Carl Mydans.

 
 
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