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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 • PUMP THE BRAKE, 1956

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Bananamerica: 1942

Bananamerica: 1942

May 1942. Southington, Conn. "Dimitrios Giorgios, who came from Greece, runs a soda fountain. He wasn't here long before the country entered World War I and he joined up. A member of the American Legion, he is shown here making banana splits." Photo by Fenno Jacobs, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Speed Limit 18

Speed Limit 18

November 1938. "Saloon near railroad yards. Omaha, Nebraska." Our favorite thing here is the signage: Speed Limit 18 Miles, followed closely by Cleo Cola. Photo by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Omaha Suds: 1938

Omaha Suds: 1938

November 1938. "Saloon near entrance to Union Stockyards. South Omaha, Nebraska." Medium format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Clean Plate Club: 1943

Clean Plate Club: 1943

March 1943. "Pearlington, Mississippi. Truck drivers at a coffee stop on U.S. Highway 90." Photo by John Vachon, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Zines & Beans: 1938

Zines & Beans: 1938

November 1938. "Capitol Avenue storefronts, Omaha, Nebraska." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Cattleman's Bar: 1938

Cattleman's Bar: 1938

November 1938. "Saloon in stockyards district. South Omaha, Nebraska." Photo by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Hot Beans: 1955

Hot Beans: 1955

July 1955. Horn & Hardart, New York. "Woman getting a dish of baked beans from an automat." Medium format negative from photos by Arthur Rothstein for the Look magazine assignment "America's Favorite Foods." View full size.

 
 
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