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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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Farm-to-Table: 1941

Farm-to-Table: 1941

Circa 1941. "Miscellaneous lot of photographs by Barbara Wright. Tennessee, e.g. Tennessee Valley Authority, Knoxville." Here, we seem to have two city slickers going native in the pre-Happy Meal era. Locally sourced food! View full size.

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Plucky Chicken Pluckers

These plucky city slickers know it's important to dress well while dressing the dinner.

Not chicken-plucking clothes

My grandfather used to prepare his own chickens for dining and this is a very messy, stinky job. I can't believe these people are attempting to do it in long-sleeved satin, high heels and fine wool. I think one had to soak the freshly killed chickens in hot water to loosen the feathers, then pull them out, then singe off the stubborn hair and tweeze out the pin feathers. It did not smell anywhere near good during this procedure but shortly thereafter, the cooking aroma was tantalizing as was the taste.

If you've ever done this

City slicker or not, you never forget the smell.

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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