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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 • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Pull Down Tear Up: 1942

Pull Down Tear Up: 1942

Children wash before lunch at the nursery school at the Red Hook housing project community center in Brooklyn, New York. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein, June 1942. View full size.

 

Can You Hear the Bitter Cry of Children

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Using some of the photos posted on Shorpy, reader Dale Caruso put together this touching audio slide show on child workers at the turn of the century. Thanks for sharing Dale.

Knitting Class: 1942

Knitting Class: 1942

Students attend a class in knitting at the Red Hook housing project community center in Brooklyn, New York. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein, June 1942. View full size.

 

Jumpers: 1941

Jumpers: 1941

April 1941. Children jumping rope on the sidewalk of a South Side Chicago street. View full size. Printed from a 35mm nitrate negative shot by Russell Lee.

 

The Equitable Fire: New York, 1912

The Equitable Fire: New York, 1912

January 1912. Equitable fire as viewed from the Singer Building. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. An account of the fire.

 

Easter Sunday, 1936

Easter Sunday, 1936

April 12, 1936. Newsboys in Jackson, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Theodor Jung for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Taylor Motor Co.: 1923

Taylor Motor Co.: 1923

1923. "Taylor Motor Co. exterior," a Ford dealership in Washington, D.C. 5x4 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 
 
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