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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Family Trip: 1937

Family Trip: 1937

May 1937. "Migratory family traveling across the desert in search of work in cotton at Roswell, New Mexico. U.S. Route 70, Arizona." Where are the cupholders on this rig? Dorothea Lange / Resettlement Administration photo. View full size.

 

A Hard Right: 1919

A Hard Right: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Scenes at Walter Reed Hospital." He'll knock your block off. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

House of Glass: 1939

House of Glass: 1939

June 12, 1939. "House of Glass No. 4, New York World's Fair. Master bath. Landefeld & Hatch, architect." You know what they say about people in glass bathrooms. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Pavement Ends: 1937

Pavement Ends: 1937

March 1937. "Wind erosion has desolated this once luxuriant bunch grass country in Idaho. Resettlement is restoring the land for grazing." Photo by Wilbur Staats for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Student Nurses: 1942

Student Nurses: 1942

Sept. 1942. Rochester, N.Y. "Shirley Babcock at right in the front listening to a lecture with other student nurses." Latest installment in the Babcock saga from the camera of Ralph Amdursky for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Star-Crossed: 1951

Star-Crossed: 1951

Santa Barbara, 1951. "Actress Lana Turner and daughter Cheryl Crane." Who, seven years after this picture was snapped, had a fatal run-in with her mother's gangster boyfriend. Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

The Dolls of War: 1942

The Dolls of War: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "Rubber salvage display at Georgia Avenue filling station." Starring Rubber Ducky and Chiquita Banana. This would have made a nice Kodachrome. Photo by Marjory Collins for the OWI. View full size.

 
 
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