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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Parkersburg: 1940

Parkersburg: 1940

February 1940. A snowy intersection with gas station in Parkersburg, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Christmas Seals: 1923

Christmas Seals: 1923

President Coolidge buying Christmas seals in 1923 to benefit the Tuberculosis Association. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Eatmore Oleo: 1940

Eatmore Oleo: 1940

February 1940. A grocery store window in Salem, Illinois. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Sleet Street: 1940

Sleet Street: 1940

February 1940. A snowy street in Parkersburg, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Weslaco: 1942

Weslaco: 1942

February 1942. Third-graders in the Farm Security Administration elementary school at Weslaco, Texas. View full size. Photo by Arthur Rothstein.

 

School Janitor: 1942

School Janitor: 1942

February 1942. Janitor at the Farm Security Administration elementary school in Weslaco, Texas. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

302 Mott Street: 1911

302 Mott Street: 1911

December 1911. Family of Mrs. Mette making flowers in a very dirty tenement, 302 Mott Street, top floor. Josephine, 13, helps outside school hours until 9 P.M. sometimes. She is soon to be 14 and expects to go to work in an embroidery factory. Says she worked in that factory all last summer. Nicholas, 6 years old and Johnnie, 8 yrs. The old work some. All together earn only 40 to 50 cents a day. Baby (20 months old) plays with the flowers, and they expect he can help a little before long. The father drives a coach (or hack) irregularly. View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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