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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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Immobile Home: 1936

Immobile Home: 1936

March 1936. "One-room hut housing a family of nine built on the chassis of an abandoned Ford in a field between Camden and Bruceton, Tennessee, near the river." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans. View full size.

 

Hobo Jungle: 1936

Hobo Jungle: 1936

A hobo jungle along the riverfront in St. Louis, Missouri. March 1936. Medium format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Wheel of Fire: 1943

Wheel of Fire: 1943

Re-tiring a locomotive driver wheel in the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe railway shops at Shopton, near Fort Madison, Iowa. March 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Cannonballs: 1862

Cannonballs: 1862

Magazine and cannonballs at Battery Rodgers, Alexandria, defending Washington during the Civil War, circa 1863. View full size. Half of stereograph pair.

 

Rabbit Maranville: 1913

Rabbit Maranville: 1913

Boston Nationals shortstop Walter "Rabbit" Maranville, twenty-one years old. April 12, 1913. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Little Angels: 1936

Little Angels: 1936

Baby girl of family living on Natchez Trace Project, near Lexington, Tennessee. March 1936. View full size. Photograph by Carl Mydans.

 

Campbell Kids: 1912

Campbell Kids: 1912

Children playing with Campbell Kid dolls. New York City, March 1912. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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