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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

Grand Central: 1941

Grand Central: 1941

October 1941. "Grand Central Terminal, New York City." View full size. Medium format negative by John Collier. FSA/Office of War Information archive.

 

Best Nap Ever!

Best Nap Ever!

June 1942. "Queens, New York. Nursery school at the Queensbridge housing project. Child dressing after a nap." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

Spa Treatment: 1942

Spa Treatment: 1942

December 1942. Boxcars being refurbished. "Regular tracks of the South Yards of the Chicago & North Western R.R. Proviso Yard." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Crossroads: 1939

Crossroads: 1939

October 1939. "Crossroads off the highway in a cut-over area. Boundary County, Idaho." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 

Embraceable Ewe: 1936

Embraceable Ewe: 1936

May 1936. "Farmer of Franklin County, Kansas." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Skunk Cabbage Acres: 1936

Skunk Cabbage Acres: 1936

June 1936. Skunk cabbage, ferns and alders keep this farmer in the north Oregon hills hard at work as he attempts to clear an abandoned homestead. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

 

Ak-Sar-Ben, Ah-a-Mo: 1938

Ak-Sar-Ben, Ah-a-Mo: 1938

November 1938. The Ak-sar-ben toll bridge over the Missouri River between Iowa and Nebraska at Omaha. View full size. Photograph by John Vachon.

 
 
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