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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.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Cajun Girls' Night Out: 1938

Cajun Girls' Night Out: 1938

October 1938. "Girls from the Cajun country at Raceland, Louisiana." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

A Friendly Game: 1938

A Friendly Game: 1938

September 1938. "Game of coon-can in store near Reserve, Louisiana." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

1st Division Mechanics: 1864

1st Division Mechanics: 1864

October 1864. Petersburg, Virginia. "Mechanics of 1st Division, 9th Army Corps." Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Mother and Child: 1936

Mother and Child: 1936

December 1936. Woodbury County, Iowa. "Mrs. Mary Kelsheimer and one of her sons on a tenant farm in Miller Township." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Bird's Point: 1937

Bird's Point: 1937

January 1937. "Working on the levee at Bird's Point, Missouri during the height of the flood." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Hasty Messenger: 1915

Hasty Messenger: 1915

May 1915. "Hasty messenger #2. Sacramento, California. See night messenger report." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Refugee: 1937

Refugee: 1937

January 1937. "Flood refugee in schoolhouse at Sikeston, Missouri." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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