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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 • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Our Humble Abode: 1937

Our Humble Abode: 1937

January 1937. "Two children of a migrant fruit worker from Tennessee, standing before their temporary home. This family of eight is camped in a field near the packinghouse at Winter Haven, Florida." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Nice Threads: 1908

Nice Threads: 1908

The workplace of 100 years ago. "Operatives in Indianapolis Cotton Mill. Noon Hour. August 1908." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Forth Worth: 1942

Forth Worth: 1942

October 1942. Transport assembly hall at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant in Fort Worth, Texas. Lowering an engine into place. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

Winter Haven: 1937

Winter Haven: 1937

January 1937. Family of a migratory fruit worker from Tennessee, camped in a field near a citrus packer at Winter Haven, Florida. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Richmond in Ruins: 1865

Richmond in Ruins: 1865

Richmond, April 1865. Partial view of the burned district. From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war and fallen Richmond compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge. Detail of wet-plate glass negative. View full size | More.

 

Confederate Arsenal: 1865

Confederate Arsenal: 1865

April 1865. Ruins of the State Arsenal at Richmond showing stacked and scattered ammunition. From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war after the fall of Richmond, compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge. View full size.

 

Mother Caroline: 1939

Mother Caroline: 1939

July 1939. Orange County, North Carolina. "Caroline Atwater, wife of Negro landholder, in the yard of her double one-and-a-half-story log house, telling where she was born and how she came to this place." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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