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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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Ralph, Dan, Richie: 1955

Ralph, Dan, Richie: 1955

"May 30, 1955. Ralph, Dan and Richie," also seen tailgating and riding in Ralph's Buick. From Set 3 of found 35mm Kodachromes. View full size.

Tiny Ferris: 1914

Tiny Ferris: 1914

October 1914. Mobile, Alabama. "Seven-year-old Ferris. Tiny newsie who did not know enough to make change for the investigator. There are still too many of these little ones in the larger cities." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Mrs. Sandman: 1943

Mrs. Sandman: 1943

April 1943. "Mrs. Thelma Cuvage, working in the sand house at the Chicago & North Western R.R. roundhouse at Clinton, Iowa. Her job is to see that sand is sifted and cleaned for use in the locomotives. Mrs. Cuvage's husband works as a guard at the Savanna, Illinois, ordnance plant." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Trainlight: 1943

Trainlight: 1943

March 1943. "Activity in the Santa Fe R.R. yard, Los Angeles, Calif. All switch lights, headlights and lamps have been shaded from above in accordance with blackout regulations. The heavy light streaks are caused by paths of locomotive headlights and the thin lines by lamps of switchmen working in the yard. Santa Fe R.R. trip." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, who seems to have been among the earliest photographers of light trails in color.

 

American Gothic: 1935

American Gothic: 1935

October 1935. "Rural rehabilitation clients. Boone County, Arkansas." 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Yale-Colgate Tailgate: 1954

Yale-Colgate Tailgate: 1954

"Yale-Colgate Football." New Haven, Oct. 23, 1954, with Ralph, Dan and Richie, a few months after Richie (standing) graduated from Colgate U. View full size.

Holdouts: 1935

Holdouts: 1935

October 1935. "One of the few remaining inhabitants of Zinc, Arkansas, deserted mining town." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn.

 
 
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