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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Flying Lessons: 1943

Flying Lessons: 1943

June 1943. Maneuvering in close formation at the Civil Air Patrol base at Bar Harbor, Maine. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier.

 

Southington: 1942

Southington: 1942

May 1942. Offices of the Southington News in Southington, Connecticut. 3x4 Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs for the OWI. View full size. After researching this post we find that stop signs in the U.S. were yellow until 1954.

 

Harmonica Boy: 1937

Harmonica Boy: 1937

1937. "Boy playing mouth organ. Penderlea Homesteads, North Carolina." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Ready to Rock: 1937

Ready to Rock: 1937

1937. Cabinetmaker's workshop in Skyline Farms, Alabama. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Sunday School: 1937

Sunday School: 1937

1937. Sunday School at Penderlea Farms, a Resettlement Administration project in North Carolina. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn.

 

Organ Transplant: 1937

Organ Transplant: 1937

February 1937. "An organ deposited by the flood on a farm near Mount Vernon, Indiana." View full size. 5x7 safety negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Wright Whirlwind: 1942

Wright Whirlwind: 1942

August 1942. Mechanic Mary Josephine Farley works on a Wright Whirlwind motor in the Corpus Christi, Texas, Naval Air Base assembly and repairs shop. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard R. Hollem.

 
 
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