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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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Flour Power: 1908

Flour Power: 1908

Minneapolis circa 1908. "St. Anthony's Falls and the milling district." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Good Fingers: 1937

Good Fingers: 1937

March 1937. Camden, New Jersey. "RCA Victor. Radio coil winder. If a girl has good fingers for this work, she can become expert on the job in three weeks. If she is not naturally deft, she never learns." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Work Zone: 1925

Work Zone: 1925

"Street, Washington, D.C., 1925." Who'll be the first to identify this wannabe skyscraper? [Answer: The Vermont Building, on Vermont Avenue at L Street.] National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ice Men: 1941

Ice Men: 1941

December 1941. Washington, D.C. "Diners in Washington Hot Shoppes restaurant." An exciting night of ice skating awaits, or has just concluded. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

In Dreamland: 1905

In Dreamland: 1905

Coney Island, New York, circa 1905. "In Dreamland." Meet you over at Canals of Venice. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Victory Corps: 1942

Victory Corps: 1942

August 1942. "Training in marksmanship helps girls at Roosevelt High School in Los Angeles develop into responsible women. Part of Victory Corps activities there, rifle practice encourages girls to be accurate in handling firearms. Practicing on the rifle range in the school's basement." Large format acetate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Beulah Ogle: 1933

Beulah Ogle: 1933

November 1933. Gatlinburg, Tennessee. "Beulah Ogle preparing warp for weaving at the Pi Beta Phi School. She is a new weaver at the school and lives on a mountain farm." Another example of Lewis Hine's post-newsie oeuvre. Large format nitrate negative, National Archives. View full size.

 
 
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