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.
December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Workman grinding out a small part at the Chicago & North Western repair shops." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Circa 1903. "Unloading bananas at New Orleans." Final installment of a thrilling trilogy we've watched unfold here over the past three years. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
April 1936. "Chicago & Milwaukee tracks. Housing alongside electric railroad. Milwaukee freight yards and industrial plants overshadowed by residential district." Photo by Carl Mydans, Resettlement Administration. View full size.
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