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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

To Catch a Kitten: 1954

To Catch a Kitten: 1954

1954. "From photographs of actress Grace Kelly on the movie set of To Catch a Thief." Photo by Robert Vose for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Cast and Crew: 1896

Cast and Crew: 1896

Aboard the U.S.S. Maine in 1896. "A fancy dress ball." Our third look at these costumed revelers aboard the ill-fated battleship, which blew up two years later in Havana Harbor, precipitating the Spanish-American War. 8x10 inch glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Short Subjects: 1938

Short Subjects: 1938

September 1938. " 'It's a dirty gyp,' say the mine workers' sons in the penny arcade at outdoor carnival. Granville, West Virginia." Stepstools helpfully provided for the shorter cineastes. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Field Trip: 1942

Field Trip: 1942

      Two of some 300 West Virginians recruited by the Farm Security Administration to travel to Upstate New York for the fall harvest of peaches, apples, tomatoes and other crops, part of a "Food for Victory" campaign occasioned by the wartime manpower shortage.

September 1942. "High school boys and girls going by special train from Richwood, West Virginia, to upper New York state to help bring in the harvest." Photo by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Trailer Queen: 1941

Trailer Queen: 1941

January 1941. "Guest at Sarasota, Florida, trailer park, beside her garden made of shells and odds and ends. The camp has garden club for members organized for the purpose of making the surroundings attractive." So, not all the girls in Florida around 1940 were picking tomatoes. Some were the tomatoes. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Boogie Woogie: 1940

The Boogie Woogie: 1940

June 1940. "Some of the younger Osceola migratory camp members who have come to the Belle Glade post office for their mail." From photos by Marion Post Wolcott documenting a Farm Security Administration camp for migrants working in Florida's vegetable fields and tomato canneries. View full size.

 

American Oil Co.: 1942

American Oil Co.: 1942

November 1942. Washington, D.C. "Negro mechanic for the Amoco oil company." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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