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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Catfish Mover Watermelon: 1936

Catfish Mover Watermelon: 1936

Summer 1936. Roadside stand near Birmingham, Alabama. View full size. Medium-format negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Parked Girl: 1941

Parked Girl: 1941

August 1941. Cars in the business district of Brattleboro, Vermont. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Darn, Darn, Darn: 1943

Darn, Darn, Darn: 1943

December 1943. "Lynn Massman, wife of a second class petty officer studying in Washington, D.C., darns socks in the afternoon while baby Joey has his nap." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Esther Bubley for the OWI.

 

Apalachicola Shuckers: 1909

Apalachicola Shuckers: 1909

January 1909. "Oyster shuckers at Apalachicola, Florida. This work is carried on by many young boys during busy seasons. This is a dull year so only a few youngsters were in evidence." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Lena Again: 1908

Lena Again: 1908

August 1908, Cincinnati. "Lena Lochiavo, 11 years old, Basket Seller, Sixth Street Market. Saloon entrance. 11 p.m. Had been there since 10 a.m. and not yet sold out." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty: 1908

Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty: 1908

October 27, 1908. "Mrs. W.J. [William Jennings] Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty in carriage" in New York. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Excitement Begins: 1938

The Excitement Begins: 1938

August 1938. Girls at the fair in central Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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