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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

Out for a Spin: 1904

Out for a Spin: 1904

Circa 1904. "Patchogue Avenue, Manhasset, Shelter Island, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Going, Going, Gong: 1943

Going, Going, Gong: 1943

January 1943. "Engine Company No. 4. Washington, D.C. When the gong sounds the alarm, the firemen jump into their boots and get into their helmets and coats while the truck is on its way to the fire. Once the alarm is sounded the complete operation of getting dressed and leaving the building takes about seven seconds." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Susie, Susie, Susie, Susie: 1950

Susie, Susie, Susie, Susie: 1950

3-D was big in the early 1950s. This slide is one of 4,800 3-D slides I have bought over the past 21 years. It is captioned "Susie at home for Christmas 1950". You can learn to "free-view" this digital version by giving the image a blank stare. In time, you brain will produce three images, the middle one in 3-D. It's like learning to ride a bike ... not easy, but once you do it, that's it. View full size.

Four's Company: 1943

Four's Company: 1943

January 1943. "Engine Company No. 4, Washington, D.C. Firemen returning from a fire." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Cannery Rows: 1941

Cannery Rows: 1941

October 1941. "Penfield, Greene County, Georgia. Canned goods made by Doc and Julia Miller, Negro FSA clients." Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Velvet Fog: 1947

The Velvet Fog: 1947

        Mel Torme (1925-1999) backstage at the Paramount Theater, in a visual approximation of his famous nickname conjured by photographer William Gottlieb and a block of dry ice in the dressing-room sink.

New York circa 1947. "Portrait of singer Mel Torme in dressing room." Medium format negative by Down Beat photographer William Gottlieb. View full size.

 

Socks Workers: 1941

Socks Workers: 1941

November 1941. "Sock driers at the hosiery mill in Greene County, Georgia." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Over the Oconee: 1941

Over the Oconee: 1941

November 1941. "Greene County, Georgia. Railroad tracks across the Oconee River." Medium format negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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