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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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Amity Hall: 1937

Amity Hall: 1937

August 1937. "Automobile convoys at Amity Hall, Pennsylvania. Truckers' facilities are, according to the drivers, model accommodations and of a kind not found elsewhere." Photo by Edwin Locke, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Fortress America: 1903

Fortress America: 1903

New York, 1903. "Cadet Armory, 9th Regiment Coast Artillery, West 14th Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

99 Bottles: 1938

99 Bottles: 1938

October 1938. North Platte, Nebraska. "Manager of the Alamo bar, and Mildred Irwin, entertainer." The saloon singer last seen here. Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

The Wrong Side: 1938

The Wrong Side: 1938

November 1938. "Houses along the railroad tracks. Omaha, Nebraska." Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Mostly White: 1936

Mostly White: 1936

June 1936. " 'Griffin children' of Alabama land use demonstration project near Greensboro. They are all third or fourth generation resulting from, it is believed, a white woman and a Negro. They are mostly white and refused to be placed with the Negroes, but the whites will not have them. Note carefully the closeup of the four children; all are from the same family and yet differ greatly in appearance." Photo by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Skid Row: 1938

Skid Row: 1938

        "Perhaps the greatest charm of tramp-life is the absence of monotony. In Hobo Land the face of life is protean -- an ever-changing phantasmagoria, where the impossible happens and the unexpected jumps out of the bushes at every turn of the road."

-- Jack London, The Road

November 1938. "Lower Douglas Street, Omaha, is one of the hobo centers of the West." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Nebraska Power: 1938

Nebraska Power: 1938

November 1938. "Nebraska Power Company, Omaha." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Watch Your Step: 1937

Watch Your Step: 1937

Spotsylvania County, Virginia, circa 1937. "St. Julien Plantation porch. Main house built 1794 with addition ca. 1812." 8x10 acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston, Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South. View full size.

 
 
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