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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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Valley Boy: 1939

Valley Boy: 1939

August 1939. Migratory boy in squatter camp. Has come to Yakima Valley, Washington, for the third year to pick hops. Mother: "You'd be surprised what that boy can pick." View full size. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Who Wants Meat?

Who Wants Meat?

July 1943. Scene in a wholesale meat market shot for the Office of War Information film "Black Marketing." View full size. Photo by Roger Smith.

 

East Side Story: 1943

East Side Story: 1943

New York, June 1943. "Children escape the heat of the East Side by using fire hydrant as a shower bath." View full size. Photograph by Roger Smith.

 

Mount Pleasant: 1935

Mount Pleasant: 1935

July 1935. "Back street. Mount Pleasant, Pennsylvania. Westmoreland County." View full size. Photograph by Walker Evans, Farm Security Administration.

 

Grit n Coke: 1938

Grit n Coke: 1938

May 1938. Farm boy who sells "Grit." Irwinville Farms, Georgia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Full Service: 1942

Full Service: 1942

Spring 1942. "Girl having her tire changed in Southeast Washington." Photograph by Marjory Collins, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Wingwomen: 1942

Wingwomen: 1942

October 1942. North American Aviation workers assembling wing component for a P-51 fighter. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 
 
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