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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

Camden: 1938

Camden: 1938

October 1938. Factory workers' homes in Camden, New Jersey. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration.

 

Deadwood Stamp Mill: 1888

Deadwood Stamp Mill: 1888

"Clean Up Day" at the Deadwood Terra Gold Stamp Mill near Terraville in the Dakota Territory. Ore fed into the mill is stamped, or crushed, to prepare it for the chemical extraction of gold. Photograph by John C.H. Grabill. View full size.

 

Brooklyn Wading Pool: 1942

Brooklyn Wading Pool: 1942

Children play in a wading pool at a play center at the Red Hook housing development, Brooklyn, New York. The charge to use the pool is nine cents for children, 25 cents for adults. Photograpy by Arthur Rothstein, June, 1942. View full size.

Shallow End: 1923

Shallow End: 1923

1923. Swimmers at the Wardman Park Hotel pool in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Mostly Girls: 1936

Mostly Girls: 1936

A poster for the Federal Theatre Project presentation of "Gaieties of 1936" at the Greek Open Air Theatre, Vermont Avenue at Griffith Park in Los Angeles. View full size

 

Party Pooped: c. 1939

Party Pooped: c. 1939

Children asleep on a bed during a square dance in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. Photograph by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration Office of War Information, c. 1939. View full size.

 

String Section: c. 1939

String Section: c. 1939

The orchestra at a square dance in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. Photograph by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration Office of War Information, c. 1939. View full size.

 
 
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