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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 • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Cajon Pass: 1943

Cajon Pass: 1943

March 1943. Santa Fe trip from Chicago to California. Trains on the Santa Fe tracks through Cajon Pass in the San Bernardino Mountains. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Merry-Go-Round: 1938

Merry-Go-Round: 1938

August 1938. "Farmpeople at the county fair in Central Ohio." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: 1939

Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner: 1939

July 1939. "Noontime chores: feeding chickens on Negro tenant farm. Granville County, North Carolina." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

All Aboard the School Truck: 1935

All Aboard the School Truck: 1935

October 1935. Red House, West Virginia. Youngsters on the way to school. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Coming Down: 1940

Coming Down: 1940

February 1940. "Snowstorm in Parkersburg, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Test Pilot: 1942

Test Pilot: 1942

October 1942. F.W. Hunter, Army test pilot, at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach, Calif. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Houses on the Hill: 1935

Houses on the Hill: 1935

October 1935. Coal miners' houses in Omar, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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