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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 • SEVILLE SPRING FESTIVAL, 1929

Railroads

Pennies From Hades: 1905

Pennies From Hades: 1905

Bisbee, Arizona, circa 1905. "Czar Shaft and copper mining operations, Queen Hill." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Wartime Rail: 1942

Wartime Rail: 1942

September 1942. The Kroger warehouse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. "Freight car movements. With transportation assuming vast new importance in wartime America, movement of freight cars must be accomplished with the fullest efficiency and speed. Loss and diversion of ocean carriers which served our seaboard cities have thrown an enormous burden upon the railroads." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Lady in Black: 1938

The Lady in Black: 1938

Boston, 1938. "Brighton street scene, from the hill. Commonwealth Avenue at Summit Avenue." 8x10 glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Grain Train: 1939

Grain Train: 1939

September 1939. "Grain elevator. Minneapolis, Minnesota." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Special Agent: 1943

Special Agent: 1943

May 1943. Chicago. "Special agent making his rounds at night at the South Water Street freight terminal of the Illinois Central Railroad." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Vista-Vision: 1939

Vista-Vision: 1939

July 1939. "Cattle guard on railroad. Madison County, Montana." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Big Sky: 1939

Big Sky: 1939

May 1939. "Grain elevators on Henry Sheffels' 6,000-acre wheat ranch. Cascade County, Montana." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Garden State: 1939

Garden State: 1939

April 1939. "Rail yard. Newark, New Jersey." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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