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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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Hulett Unloader: 1943

Hulett Unloader: 1943

May 1943. A Hulett unloader at the Pennsylvania Railroad ore docks in Cleveland. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Fair Maidens: 1941

Fair Maidens: 1941

September 1941. At the state fair in Rutland, Vermont. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Main Street: 1938

Main Street: 1938

Summer 1938. Saturday afternoon shopping in London, Ohio. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Little Fork: 1937

Little Fork: 1937

August 1937. Indian pickers on way to the berry fields near Little Fork, Minn. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

De Colores: 1941

De Colores: 1941

December 1941 or January 1942. Child of a Farm Security Administration rural rehabilitation borrower in front of his house in Puerto Rico. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the FSA.

 

Tower B: 1943

Tower B: 1943

May 1943. Melrose Park, Ill. Chicago & North Western towerman R.W. Mayberry of Elmhurst at the Proviso Yard. He operates a set of retarders and switches at the hump. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

You Better Watch Out: 1941

You Better Watch Out: 1941

A Christmas window display in 1941 or 1942, photographer unknown. 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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