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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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Jet Set Coffee Shop: 1962

Jet Set Coffee Shop: 1962

August 29, 1962. "TWA terminal, Idlewild, New York. Union News restaurants. Coffee shop II. Raymond Loewy, client." Flight monitors by General Precision Laboratory Inc. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

The Washday Miracle: 1936

The Washday Miracle: 1936

May 1936. "Wife of farmstead farmer. Kearny, Nebraska." Thanks to my National Vacuum Washer, I barely have to lift a finger come laundry day! Or maybe not. Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Peewee Posse: 1936

Peewee Posse: 1936

Summer 1936. "Dalworthington Gardens, Texas." Half-pints in ten-gallon hats in a "subsistence homestead project" established under the authority of the National Industrial Recovery Act. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Alley Kittens: 1955

Alley Kittens: 1955

May 7, 1955. "Beales bowling banquet party." Cocktails with the three amigas. Make mine a triple. 35mm Kodachrome from the "Linda" slides. View full size.

Topside: 1912

Topside: 1912

Circa 1912. "Steamer City of Detroit III, hurricane deck." Note the partly submerged wreck at left. The D-III was one of the largest sidewheelers on the Great Lakes. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing. View full size.

 

Sal's Italian Groceries: 1936

Sal's Italian Groceries: 1936

December 1936. "Scene from the Bronx tenement district from which many of the New Jersey homesteaders have come." Another example of the ostensibly onerous conditions from which the Resettlement Administration offered an escape. Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Play Street: 1936

Play Street: 1936

June 1936. "Background photo for Hightstown project. Play street for children. Sixth Street and Avenue C, New York City. The Solomon family who are to be resettled at Hightstown, New Jersey, live in this neighborhood. This Resettlement Administration project includes 250 homes, 414 acres of farmland, a modern factory, utilities including water system, recreation area and lake. Each family will have a modern home and an opportunity to work in a cooperative factory. Also a small plot of land for raising garden vegetables." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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