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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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I.G.A.: 1941

I.G.A.: 1941

August 1941. "General store in Hinesburg, Vermont." Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Car IDs

1936 Ford; 1929 Essex

The Orthochromatic Blues

If it was orthochromatic film the blue sky would have been washed out.

IGA's were everywhere

I remember when IGA stores were in almost every little town. When I grew up in Loomis, Nebraska, the IGA was a block from our house and up until 1975 we made our weekly grocery trips there. You could get an after-school pop there. It closed in the early 90s.

Orthochromatic film?

The sign at the top, carefully lit with a half-dozen lights but without seeming to have any words or images could conceivably have been caused by blue paint on a white background, if it was photographed by orthochromatic film, which was still sometimes used at this time.

[There's another, simpler, explanation. - Dave]

Somewhat changed

The Dors of Perception

1936 Ford Fordor Touring Sedan. Yes, Ford spelled it Fordor & Tudor.

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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