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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

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.

 

Metalhead: 1942

Metalhead: 1942

October 1942. "Office employee Annette del Sur publicizing salvage campaign in yard of Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California. The earrings and hair ornaments are fashioned from aluminum turnings." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Noon, April 10, 1913

Noon, April 10, 1913

Noon, April 10, 1913. Cherokee Hosiery Mill in Rome, Georgia. "The youngest are turners and loopers. Some of these appear to be as young as 8 and 9 years." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Fais Do-Do: 1938

Fais Do-Do: 1938

October 1938. "Cajun musicians at fais-do-do at National Rice Festival (video). Crowley, Louisiana." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee.

 

The Ice Man: 1939

The Ice Man: 1939

February 1939. "Ice for sale. Harlingen, Texas." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. Here we have a very concise study in what you need for an ice business: Telephone, cash register, tongs, ice pick and a big block of you-know-what. Not to mention plenty of twine.

 

A Place for Everything: 1939

A Place for Everything: 1939

February 1939. Hidalgo County, Texas. "Kitchen of Farm Security Administration tenant purchase client." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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