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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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Fifth Avenue Easter: 1913

Fifth Avenue Easter: 1913

Easter 1913. Fifth Avenue, New York. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Rush Hour, Detroit: 1942

Rush Hour, Detroit: 1942

Traffic at 5:30 on 2nd Avenue at West Grand Boulevard, Detroit. July 1942. View full size. Kodachrome by Arthur Siegel. The General Motors Building is at left. Here's the same intersection today, seen from the other direction. The picture was taken from the 28-story Fisher Building (green copper roof) across the street.

 

On the Road: 1942

On the Road: 1942

Highway view, probably near Creede, Colorado. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger.

 

Eagle Fruit Store: 1942

Eagle Fruit Store: 1942

Eagle Fruit Store and Capital Hotel at 10th and P, Lincoln, Nebraska. 1942. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Pie Town Fair: 1940

Pie Town Fair: 1940

September 1940. "At the fair, Pie Town, New Mexico." An old coupe with rumble seat. What kind of car is this? Kodachrome by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Meet Me at the Fair: 1940

Meet Me at the Fair: 1940

At the Pie Town Fair, Sept. 1940. Kodachrome by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Pie Town Garage: 1940

Pie Town Garage: 1940

Filling station and garage at Pie Town, New Mexico. Photograph by Russell Lee. September 1940. View full size. "Original owner sold pies, hence the name 'Pie Town.'" Wikipedia says that person was Clyde Norman, who started a dehydrated apple business there in the 1920s. Pie Town hosts a Pie Festival in the fall; photographer Lee took dozens of pictures of the 1940 rodeo and barbecue, which we'll be posting. Here we can see details of the the 1940 fair, and that gas was 21 cents a gallon. (Goodbye everyone, I'm moving to Pie Town - Dave)

 
 
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