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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 • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Rites of Spring II: 1920

Rites of Spring II: 1920

May 17, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Friends Select School, May festival." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

American Idols: 1925

American Idols: 1925

May 25, 1925. "Winners and judges, Paramount Motion Picture School." Our third shot of these people. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Hollywood Hopefuls: 1925

Hollywood Hopefuls: 1925

May 25,1925. "Applicants to Paramount Motion Picture School." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Two Dolls: 1936

Two Dolls: 1936

December 1936: "One of Edgar Allen's children playing with doll. The couch and sewing machine are the two most substantial pieces of furniture in the house. The farm is one hundred sixty acres and rented from private party. Near Milford, Iowa." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Edgar's Daughter: 1936

Edgar's Daughter: 1936

December 1936. "One of Edgar Allen's children sitting on the bed in the house on his farm. There are no sheets, pillowcases, or pillows (other than makeshift) in use. Bedding usually consists of castoff rags and a few old blankets. Near Milford, Iowa. They are helped by the Resettlement Administration." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Lois at the Piano: 1936

Lois at the Piano: 1936

December 1936. "Lois Madsen playing the piano in the home of her father, Harry Madsen, owner-operator of three hundred and sixty acre farm near Dickens, Iowa. (Suggest this as contrast showing difference in opportunity offered children in owner-operated farms and that offered in poorer tenant or hired hand homes)." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Geneva Mill: 1942

Geneva Mill: 1942

November 1942. Geneva, Utah. Columbia Steel Co. "Partly finished open hearth furnaces and stacks for a mill which will soon be producing vitally needed steel." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger.

 
 
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