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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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Car Talk: 1972

Car Talk: 1972

"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972." Battery transplant for the 1957 Ford seen in the previous post from this series. Print from 35mm negative by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.

Pop Kola: 1939

Pop Kola: 1939

July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina. "Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. Note kerosene pump on the right and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough, unfinished timber posts have been used as supports for porch roof. Negro men sitting on the porch. Brother of store owner stands in doorway." Our second look at this establishment, last seen here two years ago. 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

This Old Ford: 1972

This Old Ford: 1972

"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972. Looking under hood of car." The Cornett men doing what Cornett men do. Print from 35mm negative by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.

Infrastructure: 1908

Infrastructure: 1908

New York, 1908. "Excavations for N.Y. Central Station." Grand Central Terminal under construction, with Detroit Publishing's camera turned around from our previous view of this monumental engineering project. View full size.

 

Pitcher This: 1924

Pitcher This: 1924

New York circa 1924. "Fitziu." The Metropolitan Opera soprano Anna Fitziu, seated, and friends. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Close to You: 1972

Close to You: 1972

"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972. Girls by car." The Cornett women, like the menfolk, seemed to congregate around cars. Photograph by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.

Big Cop: 1938

Big Cop: 1938

October 1938. "Policeman, Lincoln, Nebraska." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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