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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

Tidy That Tenement!

Tidy That Tenement!

A 1937 Works Progress Administration/Federal Art Project poster asking New Yorkers to keep the premises clean. View full size. Now a fine-art print.

 

Five and Ten: 1941

Five and Ten: 1941

A Works Progress Administration Federal Art Project poster from 1941 extolling the benefits of retail commerce. View full size. Now a fine-art print.

 

A Good Time to Read: 1940

A Good Time to Read: 1940

A circa 1940 Illinois WPA Art Project poster promoting literacy. View full size.

 

This Land Is Your Land: 1939

This Land Is Your Land: 1939

June 1939. Lincoln County, Oklahoma. Camp of migrant workers near Prague. View full size. Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

E.B. and P.P.: 1921

E.B. and P.P.: 1921

"Edwards boy and P.P. Claxton." Our mysterious lad continues his tour of Washington in early 1921 with a visit to the offices of the federal commissioner of education, Philander P. Claxton. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Votes for Women: 1913

Votes for Women: 1913

Elizabeth Freeman, dressed as a gypsy, during a February, 1913, suffrage parade in Washington, D.C. Photo from the Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Help Is On the Way: 1915

Help Is On the Way: 1915

"Mine Rescuer" circa 1915. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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