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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.

 
 
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Parris Island: 1942

Parris Island: 1942

May 1942. "When a husky leatherneck throws his weight on a line, things come his way. A member of a Marine barrage balloon unit in training at Parris Island, South Carolina, helps to ground one of the big bags that the Corps has added to its kit of fighting tools." View full size. 5x7 safety negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Montana Cowboys: 1939

Montana Cowboys: 1939

June 1939. Big Horn County, Montana. Quarter Circle U Ranch roundup. Cowhands singing after a day's work. View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Ashcans on Van Horn: 1935

Ashcans on Van Horn: 1935

December 1935. Hamilton County, Ohio. Vicinity of Cincinnati. Dwellings on Van Horn Street. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans.

 

The Office: 1941

The Office: 1941

April 1941. Clerical staff of a South Side Chicago insurance company. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

 

Another World: 1938

Another World: 1938

July 1938. Another view of the rowhouses in Ambridge, Pa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Movie Mecca: 1937

Movie Mecca: 1937

1937. Movie theater in Crossville, Tennessee. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Granville County: 1939

Granville County: 1939

July 1939. Tenant farmers and tobacco barn in Granville County, North Carolina. View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 
 
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