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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • PUMP THE BRAKE, 1956

Family Farmers: 1939

Family Farmers: 1939

October 1939. "Family of Fred Schmeeckle, Farm Security Administration borrower, on their dryland farm in Weld County, Colorado." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

 

DRUGS SODA: 1939

DRUGS SODA: 1939

October 1939. "Stores on main street (G Avenue). Grundy Center, Iowa." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Gypsy: 1940

Gypsy: 1940

May 1940. "Gypsy child on U.S. 13 five miles south of Salisbury, Maryland." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Ask at Bar: 1941

Ask at Bar: 1941

February 1941. "Juke joint and bar in the Belle Glade area, vegetable section of south central Florida." Bottle of Old Grand-Dad? You must be mistaken! Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Masques de Guerre: 1918

Masques de Guerre: 1918

August 1918. "Mutiles. Paris, France. Masks showing different stages in the work done by Mrs. Anna Coleman Ladd of the American Red Cross for soldiers whose faces have been mutilated in the war. The upper row shows casts taken from the faces as they actually are, the lower row shows the faces which Mrs. Ladd has modelled on the foundation of the life mask with the help of photographs taken before the wound was received & on the table may be seen some of the final masks made for fit over the disfigured part of the face & colored as exactly as possible like life." 5x7 glass negative by Henri A. Coles for the ANRC. View full size.

 

The Levee Was Dry: 1942

The Levee Was Dry: 1942

January 1942. "Memphis, Tennessee. Mississippi River levee." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

McMansard: 1938

McMansard: 1938

November 1938. "Rooming house. Omaha, Nebraska." The McCormick Furnished Apartments. Medium format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 
 
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