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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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Bella Donna: 1900

Bella Donna: 1900

Circa 1900. "Model, hair loose." Previously seen here in the guises of Thisbe and Amorita. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Circleville: 1938

Circleville: 1938

Summer 1938. Circleville, Ohio. "Dwellers in Circleville's 'Hooverville.' During Depression many farms of the district were foreclosed. People who lost homes naturally gravitated toward the town. A town of its character is unable to house new influx of population. Consequently there sprang up around it an extensive Hooverville." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn. View full size.

 

Hollywood and Vine: 1939

Hollywood and Vine: 1939

September 1939. Cadott, Wisconsin. "The week's bill." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Slice of Life: 1935

Slice of Life: 1935

September 1935. Washington, D.C. "Front of Negro home near Capitol. Interiors of these homes vary little. A chair or two and a table, a bed and perhaps an extra mattress on the floor cares for six to ten people." 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

A Husky Bunch: 1905

A Husky Bunch: 1905

Coney Island, New York, circa 1905. "A husky bunch." Hide your daughters! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Step 1: 1935

Step 1: 1935

August 1935. Prince George's County, Maryland. "One step in artificial insemination." If you like animals, and working with your hands, we have the perfect opening -- apply within. (And, smoking permitted!) 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Private Hospital: 1939

Private Hospital: 1939

January 1939. Herrin, Illinois. "Operating room at Herrin Hospital (private)." 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 
 
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