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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TO EUROPE THE AMERICAN WAY

Dorothea Lange

Ten Families: 1938

Ten Families: 1938

November 1938. "Visalia (vicinity), Tulare County, California. Miners' cooperative farm. Ten families have been established on the old ranch of 500 acres, which they operate as a farm unit, raising cotton, alfalfa and dairy products for cash crops." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Tree of Libity: 1937

The Tree of Libity: 1937

June 1937. "Mississippi grocery store." Another of Dorothea Lange's quirky-sign photos. Resettlement Administration nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Sleeping Gypsy: 1938

Sleeping Gypsy: 1938

June 1938. "She awaits the international streetcar at a corner in El Paso, Texas, to return across the bridge to Mexico." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Technocracy Inc.: 1939

Technocracy Inc.: 1939

August 1939. Josephine County, Oregon. "New sign, erected seven years after Howard Scott talked of a survey of North America and formation of 'energy units,' which had widespread vogue in the early years of Depression." Another of Dorothea Lange's quirky-sign photos. View full size.

 

Experimental Exit: 1936

Experimental Exit: 1936

July 1936. "Gas station road sign near Perry, Georgia." Photo by Dorothea Lange, connoisseur of the silly sign and benighted billboard. View full size.

 

Lock the Car: 1937

Lock the Car: 1937

July 1937. "Georgia road sign." Photo by Dorothea Lange, who seems to have appreciated quirky signs. More to come later in the week. View full size.

 

Migrant Moppets: 1937

Migrant Moppets: 1937

March 1937. "Migrant children from Oklahoma on California highway." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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