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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Agriculture

Hello, Internet: 1935

Hello, Internet: 1935

October 1935. Cotton picker in Pulaski County, Arkansas. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Farm Boy: 1940

Farm Boy: 1940

Freckles on his face, mischief in his eye: Another shot of the cute kid with the calf from May 1940 in Granger Homesteads, Iowa. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. Who are you?

 

A Kid and His Calf: 1940

A Kid and His Calf: 1940

May 1940. "Young boy and calf at Granger Homesteads, Iowa. His father is a miner." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. It's interesting to note that the dirt-eating calf seems to have a collar.

 

Outstanding in Their Field: 1939

Outstanding in Their Field: 1939

June 1939. Tygart Valley, West Virginia. Homesteaders' daughters in a potato field. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. File this under "1970s album covers that never were."

 

The Three Graces: 1939

The Three Graces: 1939

June 1939. Daughters of a Tygart Valley, West Virginia, homesteader. House and factory in background. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon.

 

Redlands Oranges: 1943

Redlands Oranges: 1943

March 1943. Drying oranges at a co-op packing plant in Redlands, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, taken during his trip from Chicago to California on a Santa Fe freight train.

 

Organ Transplant: 1937

Organ Transplant: 1937

February 1937. "An organ deposited by the flood on a farm near Mount Vernon, Indiana." View full size. 5x7 safety negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 
 
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