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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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Dead Serious: 1939

Dead Serious: 1939

July 1939. "Oklahoma City. Boy living in May Avenue camp with homemade ax." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Tent city of Dust Bowl folks making do

This site has multiple photos and stories from the May Ave camp

Here is a slide presentation
Heartbreaking. These folks were once farmers who owned their land making do as best they can. One cannot help be impressed with the dignity of the subjects in all respects in the face of such indignity.

Home-made haircut

When every nickel counted and your chores include chopping firewood for cooking you don't go to a tonsorial parlor.

I don't know, but I'll ax him

Thank you for this wonderful cross between "The Shining" and "Children of the Corn". Happy Halloween to the webmaster too.

The reckoning

He's going after the person who gave him that haircut.

Happy Halloween

Reading the caption at first I thought it said "Homicide Ax." My bad!

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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