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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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Night Train: 1943

Night Train: 1943

March 1943. The Santa Fe Yards at Argentine, Kansas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 

Oscar Reynolds: 1916

Oscar Reynolds: 1916

June 18, 1916. Fall River, Massachusetts. Oscar Reynolds, 47 Benjamin Street. Fifteen years old. Sweeper in the mill. Two years in Osborne. Was in crap game [subject of another photo]. Note posture. Works overtime nearly every week. Had rather go to school. Does not like the mill. Has been sweeper two years and one shoulder droops. View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Iowa City in the Snow: 1940

Iowa City in the Snow: 1940

February 1940. The main street in Iowa City during a snowstorm. View full size. Businesses in this view include Bremer's, the Capitol Cafe and Princess No. 2. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

The Other Side: 1865

The Other Side: 1865

St. Augustine, Florida, sometime around 1865, seen looking through the city gates (shown earlier from the other direction). Half of a wet-collodion glass-plate stereograph made by Samuel A. Cooley. View full size.

 

Imbeciles, Morons, Idiots: 1913

Imbeciles, Morons, Idiots: 1913

Related to discussion of this post is the pie chart above ("Results of Diagnoses of 1,000 Cases") from the Sept. 28, 1913, New York Times article linked here.

 

Louis Pelissier: 1916

Louis Pelissier: 1916

June 19, 1916. Fall River, Mass. Louis Pelissier, 29 Eighth Street, 16 years old (May 16, 1916). Applicant 2nd grade - deficient mentality. Doesn't know name of place where he is going to work. Made it out for Small's mill, they weren't sure. Had been a sweeper but work was too hard for him. Didn't know how much he was to get. (Miss Smith to see what kind of card he got.) Worked at Union Mill, $3.27, as a sweeper. View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

You Better Watch Out: 1940

You Better Watch Out: 1940

February 1940. A roadside snowball fight in Chillicothe, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. A reminder from the Shorpy Art Store: Place your order soon for regular delivery by December 25. We also have an Express Mail delivery option. Recent distinguished purchaser: The New York Times, for 30 x 22 prints to decorate its new Manhattan headquarters.

 
 
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