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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 • CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Fill Er Up: 1940

Fill Er Up: 1940

July 1940. "Auto of migrant fruit worker at gas station in Sturgeon Bay, Wisc." Photo by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Glen Echo Park: 1928

Glen Echo Park: 1928

Montgomery County, Maryland, circa 1928. "Glen Echo Park." Another look at this old-school attraction in the Washington suburbs. View full size.

 

Snakebite: 1938

Snakebite: 1938

November 1938. "Man chewing piece of snake which he has just bitten off. State fair sideshow in Donaldsonville, Louisiana." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Commuter Parking: 1937

Commuter Parking: 1937

November 1937. "School at Greenbelt, Maryland." Notable for being an early planned community, one of three "Green-" towns midwifed by the Depression-era Resettlement Administration. 35mm negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

If I Had a Boat: 1921

If I Had a Boat: 1921

January 22, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Paul E. Garber (Smithsonian museum)." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Girl Next Door: 1904

The Girl Next Door: 1904

Saratoga Springs, New York, circa 1904. "Union Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hop In: 1937

Hop In: 1937

Uncaptioned photo from a batch of 35mm negatives taken by John Vachon in the fall of 1937 in Annapolis, Maryland, and Newport News, Virginia. The car, a Cord convertible, would be worth around a zillion bucks today. View full size.

 
 
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