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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Factory Branch: 1926

Factory Branch: 1926

1926. Washington, D.C. "Four Wheel Drive Auto Co. oil truck, H Street N.E." My favorite detail here: "Minimum Labor Charge 50¢." View full size.

 

Jeff Davis: 1865

Jeff Davis: 1865

March 1865. "City Point, Virginia. 'Jeff Davis,' General Grant's pony." You can't say Ulysses S. Grant lacked a sense of humor. Wet plate negative. View full size.

 

Texas Laundress: 1939

Texas Laundress: 1939

February 1939. "Twelve-year-old girl who keeps house in a trailer for her three brothers who are migrant workers, near Harlingen, Texas." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Night Shift: 1909

The Night Shift: 1909

November 19, 1909. "A group working on night shift at Hereford Glass Works, Cape May Court House, New Jersey. I saw the smallest boy carrying in shortly before midnight, November 18th." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Pitchfork Manor: 1937

Pitchfork Manor: 1937

June 1937. "Art Simplot and family in front of their house near Black River Falls, Wisconsin." The prolific Russell Lee shoots the prolific Simplots. View full size.

 

Smallville: 1937

Smallville: 1937

August 1937. "Houses in Winton, Minnesota -- lumber bust town." A two-house town, on a two-dog day. Another example of prolific shooter Russell Lee's work. Medium-format negative for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Skeet's Cafe: 1942

Skeet's Cafe: 1942

August 1942. "Dillon, Montana. Street corner. Dillon is the trading center for a prosperous cattle and sheep country." The cafe seen earlier here. Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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