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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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Girls Luncheon: 1906

Girls Luncheon: 1906

Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1906. "Girls' Luncheon, Natural Food Conservatory." Employee dining room at the Shredded Wheat factory. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

One Last Dance: 1941

One Last Dance: 1941

"Untitled. San Francisco, December 1941." Lunch 30 cents, dinner 40 cents, and a "sandwitch" is 15. Medium format negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

Wigwam Village: 1940

Wigwam Village: 1940

July 1940. "Cabins imitating the Indian teepee for tourists along highway south of Bardstown, Kentucky. (Wigwam Village #2, Cave City)." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Cheers: 1937

Cheers: 1937

September 1937. Craigville, Minnesota. "Saturday night in a saloon." Medium format negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Milkmobile: 1903

The Milkmobile: 1903

Circa 1903. "A New Orleans milk cart." With a one-horsepower motor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A Tall Order: 1937

A Tall Order: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Elder Michaux's Happy News Cafe." Inside the restaurant run by enterprising radio evangelist Solomon Lightfoot Michaux. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cafe Society: 1941

Cafe Society: 1941

April 1941. "Tavern on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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