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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 TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Hitting the Low Notes: 1938

Hitting the Low Notes: 1938

October 1938. "Specialty number of orchestra at the National Rice Festival. Crowley, Louisiana." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee.

 

Aviary: 1943

Aviary: 1943

Aircraft assembly plant circa 1943, location and photographer unknown. Medium format safety negative, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Battle of the Bands: 1938

Battle of the Bands: 1938

October 1938. "Musicians in cajun band contest at the National Rice Festival. Crowley, Louisiana." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee.

 

Our Town: 1941

Our Town: 1941

July 1941. Vincennes, Indiana. View full size. 35mm negative by John Vachon.

 

Reading Room: 1936

Reading Room: 1936

December 1936. Untitled photograph taken in rural Iowa by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. 35mm nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Cajun Cooking: 1938

Cajun Cooking: 1938

October 1938. "Musicians in cajun band contest at the National Rice Festival. Crowley, Louisiana." View full size. Medium format negative by Russell Lee.

 

Once Upon a Time: 1941

Once Upon a Time: 1941

July 1941. "Sunday afternoon. Vincennes, Indiana." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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