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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Time Is Short: 1942

Time Is Short: 1942

"Greenbelt, Maryland. Federal housing project. Volunteer workers put out the Cooperator, a weekly newspaper." Another of the hundreds of exposures snapped in 1942 by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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The Greenbelt Cooperator: The Legend Begins

From its Web site: "The paper, published by the Greenbelt Cooperative Publishing Association, Inc., was established in 1937 as a volunteer organization shortly after the construction of Greenbelt, one of The New Deal Green Towns. It has been published weekly without interruption since that time and is delivered free to all Greenbelt residents."

Volume 1, Number 1 was dated November 24, 1937, and one story opened with a hint of summon all villagers to bring flaming torches: "Tonight the citizens of Greenbelt will forsake their children, their dirty dishes, and homey firesides, and march en masse to…" read more here.

Two ladies doing all the work

There is a second lady facing the camera behind the obvious lady.

There was a time

When you could throw your butts on the floor.

Royal Quiet Delux

Those old machines were reliable workhorses. The hand-me-down from my mother's pre-WWII college days still functions, but has been retired for about twenty years.


A gal doing all the work, two fellers staring and loafing.

Hey, Sweetie

Nice barrette. No, really it IS a nice barrette.

Get back to work

Guys, quit staring at the lady and clean up the paper you threw on the floor. Didn't your mother teach you anything?

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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