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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 • CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

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.

 

Pour Me Another: 1942

Pour Me Another: 1942

June 1942. "Queens, New York. Children get milk or tomato juice after their nap at the nursery school at Queensbridge housing project." View full size. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

Red and Blue: 1942

Red and Blue: 1942

June 1942. Bar Harbor, Maine. Plane of Coast Patrol #20 at the Civil Air Patrol base. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Piping Hot: 1942

Piping Hot: 1942

June 1942. Sheffield, Alabama. "Mrs. Hall prepares breakfast for her husband, Kenneth, before he leaves for work at the aluminum plant." View full size. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 

Bye, Daddy: 1942

Bye, Daddy: 1942

June 1942. Sheffield, Alabama. "Kenneth C. Hall leaves for work. Mr. Hall is a foreman in the hot rolling mill at the Reynolds Metals Company, an aluminum plant using Tennesse Valley Authority electricity. He lives in a TVA defense house with wife Helen Louise and daughter Peggy." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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