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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

War Clouds: 1864

War Clouds: 1864

1864. Vicinity of Savannah, Georgia. View of Fort McAllister on the Ogeechee River. View full size. Right half of a glass-plate stereograph by Samuel Cooley.

 

The Three Graces: 1939

The Three Graces: 1939

June 1939. Daughters of a Tygart Valley, West Virginia, homesteader. House and factory in background. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon.

 

Kempton: 1939

Kempton: 1939

May 1939. The coal company town of Kempton, West Virginia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Tasty Hamburgers: 1941

Tasty Hamburgers: 1941

April 1941. "Lunch wagon for Negroes. Chicago, Illinois." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Keerless Love: 1935

Keerless Love: 1935

October 1935. Scotts Run, West Virginia. Doped singer: "Love, oh love, oh keerless love." Relief investigator reported a number of dope cases at Scotts Run. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative and caption by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

 

Bystander: 1937

Bystander: 1937

December 1937. Street scene in Washington, D.C. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Mt. Vernon Straight Ahead: 1940

Mt. Vernon Straight Ahead: 1940

February 1940. An oil worker in Salem, Illinois. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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