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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Chattanooga: 1942

Chattanooga: 1942

June 1942. Combustion Engineering maintenance man working on world's largest cold steel hydraulic press in Chattanooga. It can shape steel plates several inches in thickness. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Watts Bar Dam: 1942

Watts Bar Dam: 1942

June 1942. Checking the alignment of a turbine shaft at the top of the guide bearing in the TVA hydroelectric plant at Watts Bar Dam, Tennessee. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Langley Field: 1942

Langley Field: 1942

July 1942. Servicing an A-20 bomber at Langley Field, Virginia. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Fort Knox: 1942

Fort Knox: 1942

June 1942. Tank commander at Fort Knox, Kentucky. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Spoiled Nan: 1911

Spoiled Nan: 1911

Eastport, Maine. August 1911. "Nan de Gallant, 4 Clark Street, 9 year old cartoner, Seacoast Canning Co., Factory #2. Packs some with her mother. Mother and two sisters work in factory. One sister has made $7 in one day. During the rush season, the women begin work at 7 a.m., and at times work until midnight. Brother works on boats. The family comes from Perry, Maine, just for the summer months. Work is very irregular. Nan is already a spoiled child." View full size. Lewis W. Hine.

 

Fish: 1917

Fish: 1917

April 1917. "Teaching a deaf-mute to talk. Training School for Deaf Mutes. Sulphur, Oklahoma." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

A Little Spinner: 1909

A Little Spinner: 1909

January 1909. "A little spinner in Globe Cotton Mill. Augusta, Ga. The overseer admitted she was regularly employed." View full size. Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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