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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 • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Fancy Grocery: 1935

Fancy Grocery: 1935

December 1935. "Coca-Cola shack in Alabama." Photograph by Walker Evans. Back in the 1930s just about any building or barn was like a Web site -- you could rent out the blank spaces for banner ads (in this case for the circus in Montgomery). View full size.

 

McCollum Grocery: 1936

McCollum Grocery: 1936

Moundville, Alabama, in 1936. Photo by Walker Evans. [Update Nov. 9, 2007: This would seem to be in Greensboro, not Moundville. Although the mayor of Haleyville has another theory. - Dave] View full size.

 

Madison County, Montana: 1942

Madison County, Montana: 1942

Shepherd with his horse and dog on Gravelly Range, Madison County, Montana. August 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

 

Sprott, Alabama: 1935

Sprott, Alabama: 1935

Crossroads store at Sprott, Alabama. 1935 or 1936. View full size. Photograph by Walker Evans. If you like this picture you should check out the short stories of Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers and Flannery O'Connor.

 

Trucks Unloading: 1943

Trucks Unloading: 1943

Trucks unloading at the inbound freight house of the Illinois Central Railroad, South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. Who can ID the buildings?

 

Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Jumbo-Lube: 1943

Thomas Madrigal greasing a locomotive in the roundhouse, Rock Island R.R., Blue Island, Ill. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

The Children's Army: 1942

The Children's Army: 1942

Children playing. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency unattributed but probably by Louise Rosskam in Washington, D.C. (Anacostia), fall of 1942.

 
 
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