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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 • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

The Case of the Parked Packard: 1939

The Case of the Parked Packard: 1939

An unlabeled photo of cars parked next to train tracks from the FSA archive taken around 1939. Who can pinpoint the location? View full size.

 

Like Family: 1951

Like Family: 1951

1951, somewhere in the Southeast. "Negro maids and their white employers' babies." Photo by John Vachon for a Look magazine assignment on "The South" in what could have been a prologue to "The Help." View full size.

Broke, Baby Sick: 1937

Broke, Baby Sick: 1937

February 1937. "Tracy (vicinity), California. U.S. Highway 99. Missouri family of five, seven months from the drought area. Broke, baby sick, car trouble." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Magic Fingers: 1970

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Magic Fingers: 1970

1970. "Lenore Romney, wife of former Michigan Gov. George Romney, campaigning for U.S. Senate in Michigan, and meeting with son Mitt in her hotel room in Marquette." Note the "Magic Fingers" coin box. Photo by Douglas R. Gilbert for the Look magazine article "Lenore Fights Alone." View full size.

Whorls and Ridges: 1926

Whorls and Ridges: 1926

June 1926. "Bureau of Identification, Department of Justice, Washington." Poring over fingerprints at the forerunner of the FBI. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

No Horseplay: 1942

No Horseplay: 1942

June 1942. Greenbelt, Maryland. "Swimming pool. Bathers pay admittance according to age. Season tickets are obtainable by families." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Neighborhood Wash: 1938

Neighborhood Wash: 1938

July 1938. "Housing conditions in Ambridge, Pa. Home of American Bridge Co." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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