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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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American Pickers: 1943

American Pickers: 1943

June 1943. Oswego, New York. "Children, recruited for farm work, waiting outside the U.S. Employment Service to start work for the summer." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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US "Crop Corps" needs 500,000 boys and girls

Great post--terrific history here. A seasoned-citizen neighbor remembers volunteering for the Crop Corps while growing up in Texas. He got a little CC patch to have Mom sew onto his jacket.

Brochure: "Victory farm volunteers of the U.S. Crop Corps need 500,000 boys and girls"

U.S. Office of War Information film "Youth Farm Volunteers"

Maybe Shorpy will also post pic(s) from the "Women's Land Army of America" (WWI & WWII)?

[We already have a Land Army photo here, and more Crop Corps photos here. - Dave]


On the only kid not smiling, the boy with the straw hat and wristwatch: exactly like the brown pair I bought 35 years ago. The best shoes ever.

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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