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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR, 1939

Is the Caller There?

Is the Caller There?

Early 20th-century telephone switchboard in British-Mandate Palestine. View full size. American Colony Photo Department. Location not specified although sign in background lists police and ambulance numbers "in Jerusalem."

 

Number, Please

Number, Please

Switchboard operators in 1930s or 1940s British-Mandate Palestine, a few years after the other photo (the chairs look a little less like torture devices). Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Four Kids on a Truck: 1942

Four Kids on a Truck: 1942

January 1942. "Workers' children at Farm Security Administration labor camp in Robstown, Texas." Kodachrome by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Inter-City Beauties: 1927

Inter-City Beauties: 1927

Contestants at Atlantic City Pageant. View full size.

O.K. Soap: 1936

O.K. Soap: 1936

Interior of the general store in Moundville, Alabama. Photographed by Walker Evans in the summer of 1936. Top shelf inventory: 1 box Peter Loaded Shells, 2 chairs, 2 Aurora oil cans, 8 boxes quart-size Ball square mason fruit jars, 2 small lanterns, 3 large lanterns, 9 galvanized tubs, 1 trunk. Maybe someone would like to inventory the rest of the room. View full size | View even larger.

 

Love Before Breakfast: 1936

Love Before Breakfast: 1936

Houses in Atlanta. March 1936 View full size. Photograph by Walker Evans.

 

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.

 
 
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