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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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The Great Race: 1908

The Great Race: 1908

February 12, 1908. "Scarfoglio and companions in Zust car, New York," at the start of the New York to Paris automobile race of 1908, in which the contestants drove west across the continent to San Francisco, continued to Alaska by ship, took a steamer across the Bering Strait and continued the land journey in Siberia. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Below, the competition itinerary as printed in the January 26, 1908, New York Times.

 

A Big Kiss for Gramps: 1941

A Big Kiss for Gramps: 1941

July 1941. Farmer with his granddaughter at the Fourth of July picnic in Vale, Oregon. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Stacked: 1942

Stacked: 1942

February 1942. Firestone factory at Akron, Ohio. War conversion of beverage containers. An oxygen cylinder for high altitude flying, manufactured by the metal division of a large Eastern rubber factory, placed on a huge stack ready for shipment to the Army. View full size. 5x7 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Primary Colors: 1942

Primary Colors: 1942

February 1942. B.F. Goodrich plant. "Not only as nurses behind the battle lines, but as workers in the factories producing important war goods, women are doing much to win this war and to spare the lives of the men doing the actual fighting. These girls are preparing a metal fuel tank to receive a bullet-sealing cover, an important new safety development to military aviation." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Nicholson Hollow: 1935

Nicholson Hollow: 1935

October 1935. "Baskets made and sold by mountain folk to tourists." Nicholson Hollow in Shenandoah National Park, Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Mississippi Cotton Patch: 1936

Mississippi Cotton Patch: 1936

July 1936. "Old-time Negro living on a cotton patch near Vicksburg, Mississippi." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 

Our Baby Doffer: 1910

Our Baby Doffer: 1910

November 1910. Birmingham, Alabama. "Our baby doffer" they called him. Donnie Cole. Has been doffing for some months. When asked his age, he hesitated, then said, "I'm twelve." Another young boy said, "He can't work unless he's twelve." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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