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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Portraits

The Unknown Bureaucrat: 1936

The Unknown Bureaucrat: 1936

December 1936. This formidable-looking lady either had something to do with the Resettlement Administration's creation of Greenhills, Ohio, one of the first planned communities in the United States, or she was tragically misfiled at the Library of Congress. Either way, her caption has no name. View full size. Medium format negative by Brice Martin. [Update: The mystery lady is Dorothy M. Beck, a regional director of the Resettlement Administration.]

 

High Society: 1921

High Society: 1921

February 5, 1921. "Miss Bertha May Graf, chosen the prettiest girl at suffrage headquarters in Washington, will be chief flower girl at the National Woman's Party convention." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

The Chicago Kid: 1941

The Chicago Kid: 1941

April 1941. South Side Chicago boy. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Hello: 1939

Hello: 1939

October 1939. "Young migrant mother has just finished washing. Merrill Farm Security Administration camp, Klamath County, Oregon." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA.

 

Bertha May Graf: 1921

Bertha May Graf: 1921

February 5, 1921. "Miss Bertha May Graf, chosen the prettiest girl at suffrage headquarters in Washington, will be chief flower girl at the National Woman's Party convention." Miss Graf resides at 1429 Longfellow Street NW in the District of Columbia. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 

Roy Nelin: 1942

Roy Nelin: 1942

December 1942. Melrose Park, Illinois. Roy Nelin, a box packer in the Proviso Yard roundhouse of the Chicago & North Western R.R. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Walker Evans: 1937

Walker Evans: 1937

The photographer Walker Evans in a February 1937 portrait by his colleague Edwin Locke. 35mm negative, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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