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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 • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

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Rest Stop: 1905

Rest Stop: 1905

Circa 1905. "Front piazza of Kittatinny House, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania." An up-to-date inn catering to the automobilist with such amenities as cafe and public telephone. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Dallas Noir: 1942

Dallas Noir: 1942

January 1942. "Elm Street -- Theater Row in Dallas." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. Supersize wallpaper.

 

Garbage Out: 1943

Garbage Out: 1943

May 1943. "New York. Emptying garbage and trash from Harlem apartment houses." Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Kingfish Airflow: 1935

Kingfish Airflow: 1935

Washington, D.C., 1935. "Sen. Huey P. Long." The former Louisiana governor and future assassinated senator with a shiny DeSoto Airflow. View full size.

 

Jackson Street: 1936

Jackson Street: 1936

April 1936. "House at 437 North Jackson Street. Milwaukee, Wisconsin." Photo by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

American Dream: 1936

American Dream: 1936

May 1936. "Home of worker in strip coal mine. Cherokee County, Kansas." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

City Life: 1936

City Life: 1936

April 1936. "Exterior of house at 912 North 8th Street. Milwaukee, Wisconsin." Photo by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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