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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.

 
 
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Tree Tots: 1958

Tree Tots: 1958

Circa 1958, it's the Pennsy Brothers, and they're ready for Christmas. Let's see some presents under that tree! 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Christmas Cousins: 1948

Christmas Cousins: 1948

"Xmas 1948," featuring the young man we've come to know so well, kicks off our Kodachrome Christmas weekend! We're inclined to say these two are cousins rather than sibs, based on the relatively few appearances the girl makes in the dozens of slides in this batch, taken in Bay County, Michigan. View full size.

At the Store: 1971

At the Store: 1971

Found a slightly older photo to the one seen here. Believe this was taken in 1971 (I'm going by the candy prices) also by my brother and a Polaroid Swinger. This is Dad standing dutifully at his and Mom's Luncheonette in Passaic, NJ. Man, I ate a lot of that Lance peanut brittle! View full size.

Next Stop, Sleepytown: 1943

Next Stop, Sleepytown: 1943

March 1943. "Barstow, California. Conductor David L. Webb sleeping in his caboose. He works on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad out of San Bernardino." With what looks like another set of those railroad-safety posters. Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Doomsday: 1936

Doomsday: 1936

March 1936. "Heavy black clouds of dust rising over the Texas Panhandle" — evidence of the forces that were driving thousands of farm families in Texas and Oklahoma to the West Coast in the great Dust Bowl migration chronicled in "The Grapes of Wrath." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Workforce: 1913

Workforce: 1913

December 1913. "The whole force of workers in the cotton mills of Stevenson, Ala. Several of them are apparently under twelve, but could not get the ages. Photo posed by the general manager." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Barstow Yard: 1943

Barstow Yard: 1943

March 1943. "Barstow, California. General view of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe yard." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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