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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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This Land Is Your Land: 1936

This Land Is Your Land: 1936

July 1936. "Resettlement Administration workers. Rimrock Camp. Madras, Oregon." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Crate & Barrel: 1936

Crate & Barrel: 1936

July 1936. "Migratory fruit pickers' camp in Yakima, Washington." Dust Bowl refugee from the Midwest hammering away at packing crate scraps outside her tent. Medium-format negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Avalon Bay: 1910

Avalon Bay: 1910

Catalina Island, California, circa 1910. "Harbor and Aquarium at Avalon Bay." 5x7 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Shadowland: 1907

Shadowland: 1907

Circa 1907. "Pittsburgh by Night." Our second nocturnal view of the Steel City. 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Fish Grotto: 1957

Fish Grotto: 1957

Bernstein's Fish Grotto restaurant on Powell Street in San Francisco in 1957. I like the building facade; when someone said "take a bow," Bernstein's took it literally! Color slide by my father. View full size.

Mobile P.O.: 1923

Mobile P.O.: 1923

May 25, 1923. "Shrine post office." Set up for the big convention of Masonic orders held that year in Washington, D.C. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Starting Over: 1936

Starting Over: 1936

July 1936. "South Dakota drought refugees in Montana." Medium-format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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