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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 • WORLD'S FAIR POSTERS

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Dairy Queen: 1942

Dairy Queen: 1942

August 1942. "Interlochen, Michigan. National music camp where 300 or more young musicians study symphonic music for eight weeks each summer. A student eating an ice cream cone." Photo by Arthur Siegel. View full size.

 

Mirror, Mirror: 1942

Mirror, Mirror: 1942

February 1942. "Detroit, Michigan. Negro girl putting up her hair." One in a series by Arthur Siegel documenting the life of a "typical Negro worker's family" and the "conditions under which families originally lived before moving to the Sojourner Truth housing project." Office of War Information. View full size.

 

First the Shoes: 1941

First the Shoes: 1941

July 1941. "Detroit, Michigan. Head of the art department with new model at the Crowley-Milner department store." Booting from the desktop. Large format nitrate negative by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bathing Beauties: 1905

Bathing Beauties: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "Bathing beauties playing on sawhorse." Show us your ankles! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Baby Doll: 1917

Baby Doll: 1917

November 19, 1917. New York. "Frances White." Half of the vaudeville team Rock & White, Frances attained brief renown for a novelty tune called the "Spelling Song." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Girls' Night Out: 1941

Girls' Night Out: 1941

December 1941. Washington, D.C. "Washington Hot Shoppe restaurant." Tableware, clothes, shoes -- discuss! Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Cocoon: 1915

Cocoon: 1915

Washington, D.C., 1915. "Silkworms in the National (Smithsonian) Museum. Helen Stuart." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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