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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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Partners: 1941

Partners: 1941

September 1941. "Mr. and Mrs. William Gaynor, Farm Security Administration dairy farmers, near Fairfield, Vermont." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

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Great Grandma and Great Grandpa

These are my great grandparents! I was searching for William Gaynor with my grandmother, his daughter, and found this picture and many others on the Library of Congress. I never got to meet them unfortunately, but it's so cool to see them and their farm and my grandma light up looking at the photos.


These are my husband's parents. His mother died when my husband was around 9, First actual good picture I've ever seen of her. (Actually my husband's never seen such a good picture of her, either.) One of my nieces looks exactly like this photo of the grandmother she never met. Unreal how much alike they look. Back in those days no one liked having their picture taken -- or how to pose for it. Actually my father-in-law has a little smirk on his face, which is far more than I ever saw when I knew him. My husband was the youngest of eight children.


I suppose you could look at it as a webcam with 66.5 years of latency. And to think I complain about my connection speed...

Two and Two

What I like is how they are echoed by the calendar duo behind them. And now that shorpy_is_cool pointed it out, they do seem a little intense...but there's something about their faces that make me think I would like them!


I feel like they're trying to brainwash me, or coax me into something by the way they look." Don't worry, we're not going to hurt you." When really, they need important information from so they can dominate mankind!!!


If this photo was taken today, you'd think they were posing in front of a webcam.

[In a way, it is. - Dave]

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