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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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Shenandoah: 1938

Shenandoah: 1938

1938. Maher's Dance Hall in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, showing orchestra platform and dancers. (Note the stag line and that two of the couples are girl-girl.) View full size. 3x4 safety negative by Sheldon Dick. Twelve years after this picture was taken, the photographer, son of mimeograph magnate A.B. Dick, would meet a violent end along with his wife in a tragic murder-suicide.

 

Lock Up Your Daughters: 1940

Lock Up Your Daughters: 1940

July 1940. Migrant cherry picker in front of tent home. Berrien County, Michigan. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

The Simple Life: 1938

The Simple Life: 1938

July 1938. "Housing conditions in Ambridge, Pennsylvania, home of the American Bridge Company." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Too Much Excitement: 1941

Too Much Excitement: 1941

1941. At the picnic grounds in Vale, Oregon. "Interlude, after watching the Fourth of July parade." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 

Berrien Cherriers: 1940

Berrien Cherriers: 1940

July 1940. "Automobile of migrant cherry pickers. Berrien County, Michigan." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

Youth Council: 1942

Youth Council: 1942

Spring 1942. Young people at the Imperial County Fair near El Centro, California. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Going Places: 1938

Going Places: 1938

Summer 1938. At the bus station in Marion, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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