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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Seventh Avenue: 1936

Seventh Avenue: 1936

New York, November 1936. "Street scene at 38th Street and Seventh Avenue." View full size. 35mm negative by Russell Lee -- Resettlement Administration.

 

Back Seat Duet: 1938

Back Seat Duet: 1938

October 1938. "Negro musicians playing accordion and washboard in automobile. Near New Iberia, Louisiana." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. This natty duo can also be seen here.

 

Piano Man: 1938

Piano Man: 1938

October 1938. "Pianist in cajun band contest. National Rice Festival, Crowley, Louisiana." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Rum Point: 1957

Rum Point: 1957

July 1957. "The Whites on the bridge between Watch Island and Rum Point for morning tennis." View full size. Gelatin silver print by Toni Frissell.

 

Save That Fat: 1942

Save That Fat: 1942

June 1942. "Why greases must be saved. A soldier of the home front -- and there's one in every American kitchen -- saves all waste fats and greases so that they can be processed into ammunition for America's soldiers on the battlefronts. Pan and broiler drippings, deep fats, renderings from bacon rinds: These are some of the fats which should be put through a strainer to remove meat scraps and other solids, and poured into wide-mouthed cans such as coffee or fat cans." 4x5 safety negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Creamer's Dream: 1945

Creamer's Dream: 1945

March 1945. Ramitelli, Italy. 332nd Army Air Forces Fighter Group. "Tuskegee airman Edward C. Gleed of Lawrence, Kansas, Class 42-K, with two crewmen adjusting an external 75 gallon drop tank on the wing of the P-51D Creamer's Dream." View full size. Medium format negative by Toni Frissell.

 

D.C. Debs: 1925

D.C. Debs: 1925

March 25, 1925. "Washington debs rehearsing for comedy." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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