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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CRUISE THE GREAT LAKES, 1930s

Stumpy Valley: 1939

Stumpy Valley: 1939

October 1939. "A stumpy valley where new farms are being established. Photos show character of land which settlers are buying -- stump land farmers making a new start in the Priest River Valley, Idaho." Medium format acetate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Ready to Roll: 1939

Ready to Roll: 1939

July 1939. "Migrant boy who is somewhat of a mechanic tightening the rear wheel on truck which will carry his family [that of of tenant farmer Elmer Thomas] to California from Muskogee, Oklahoma." Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Check Coolant: 1939

Check Coolant: 1939

July 1939. "En route to California. Pouring water into radiator of migrants' car in the streets of Muskogee, Oklahoma, where the Elmer Thomas family has stopped to say goodbye to their friends in that town." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Penny Land: 1941

Penny Land: 1941

July 1941. "Ninth Street amusements, Washington, D.C." Medium format acetate negative by Martha McMillan Roberts for the FSA. View full size.

 

Bear With Me: 1956

Bear With Me: 1956

May 1956. Memphis, Tennessee. "Elvis Presley at home with his mother, Gladys." 35mm negative from photos by Philip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "Elvis Presley -- He Can't Be, but He Is." View full size.

Bumper Crop: 1941

Bumper Crop: 1941

July 1941. "Adding new storage space to wheat elevator at Dayton, Washington. High yields of wheat this year were taxing storage facilities; they were getting ready for a bumper crop." Acetate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Dairy Inspector: 1941

Dairy Inspector: 1941

June 1941. "The cat drinks foamy, fresh milk. Dairymen's Cooperative Creamery. Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Bathing Beauties: 1951

Bathing Beauties: 1951

My mother, far left, with some of her young and attractive co-workers from Salem Gas & Electric posing for the New England Electric System magazine cover in the early spring of 1951. The photo shoot took place on King's Beach in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Enjoying ideal beach weather are Phyllis Collins (Salem Gas), Betty Konopnicki (Salem Electric) and Lil Bouchard (Salem Gas). View full size.

 
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