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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.

 
 
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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.

 

Bar Mizpah: 1937

Bar Mizpah: 1937

August 1937. "Former bank, now a saloon. Mizpah, Minnesota." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

High Class Milk Bar: 1935

High Class Milk Bar: 1935

New Zealand circa 1935. "Milk Bar at the Opera House, Manners Street, Wellington. Next door to Plaza Theatre." Photo by Gordon Burt. View full size.

 

Lost Dog: 1939

Lost Dog: 1939

October 1939. "On U.S. 99 as it continues through Oregon. Lane County, Williamette Valley." Back in the day, this doggy sandwich stand was quite fetching. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Oysters Any Style: 1939

Oysters Any Style: 1939

1939. Mobile, Alabama. "Collins store -- Royal Street near St. Louis Street." The Panama Cafe looks like our kind of place. Note the Dr Pepper truck in the alley. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Mexican Holiday: 1953

Mexican Holiday: 1953

Circa 1953. "Actress Audrey Hepburn with dining companion in Mexico." From photos by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Chicken in the Ruff: 1960

Chicken in the Ruff: 1960

        Extra credit assignment: Identify the cars. (The answers: 1960 Ford Starliner on the left; 1960 Studebaker Lark on the right.)

Spring 1960. "Efforts of John F. Kennedy's campaign team, including members of his family, in West Virginia during Kennedy's quest for the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination. Includes brother Bob at a drive-in in Bluefield." From photos by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "The Kennedys: A Family Political Machine." 35mm negative. View full size.

 
 
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