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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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Men of Steel: 1938

Men of Steel: 1938

July 1938. Veteran steelworkers in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Antonio Petruccelli Holiday Print

Antonio Petruccelli Holiday Print

In what we hope will be an annual tradition, we're pleased to open the season on the Shorpy/Plan59 Holiday Print, made at Juniper Gallery in Fairfax, Virginia, from an original 1938 painting by noted Fortune magazine illustrator Antonio Petruccelli that we purchased at auction last fall in New York. The prints, struck on French art paper with archival inks, are very detailed and quite beautiful.
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Liberty Ships: 1941

Liberty Ships: 1941

1941. Building liberty ships in an abandoned freight car factory near the Atlantic coast. Freighter sections for the merchant fleet are being prefabricated at the rate of one ship a week. View full size. Photograph by Howard Liberman.

 

TVA: 1942

TVA: 1942

June 1942. Tightening a nut on a guide vane servomotor in the Tennessee Valley Authority hydroelectric plant at the Watts Bar Dam. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

 

Etna: 1941

Etna: 1941

November 1941. Iron ore piles and blast furnaces of the Carnegie-Illinois steel mill in Etna, Pennsylvania. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Miller Time: 1943

Miller Time: 1943

June 1943. Workers leaving the Pennsylvania shipyards at Beaumont, Texas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon.

 

Douglas Dam: 1942

Douglas Dam: 1942

June 1942. Construction work at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Douglas Dam. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 
 
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