Old Gold Country Store, 1939

Old Gold Country Store, 1939

Original Format
Black and white nitrate negative, by Dorothea Lange. July 1939, Gordonton, North Carolina. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

About this Image
One of Lange's most recognisable works, the research on signage alone took three days.

Original Caption
Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. Note the kerosene pump on the right and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough, unfinished timber posts have been used as supports for porch roof. Negro men are sitting on the porch. Brother of store owner stands in doorway. Gordonton, North Carolina.

Arkansas Sharecropper, 1936

Arkansas Sharecropper, 1936

Original Format
Black and white nitrate negative, by Dorothea Lange. Summer 1936, Hill House, Mississippi, USA. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

About this Image
Another portrait from Dorothea Lange's documentation of the Great Depression. The caption reads, “An evicted Arkansas sharecropper now settled at Hill House, Mississippi”.

Confederate Prisoners, Gettysburg, 1863

Confederate Prisoners, Gettysburg, 1863

Original Format
Wet collodion on glass substrate by Mathew Brady. June or July 1863, Gettysburg, PA, USA. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

About this Image
Taken on top of Seminary Ridge from the main eastern theatre of the war, Gettysburg in June or July, 1863. The three men remain unidentified despite numerous unverified claims on the contrary. 

Notes
Full restoration from a damaged plate. Due to the plate being shot in orthochromatic, final post processing of the image adjusted the blue and red channels to compensate for the washed out sky of the original image (clouds added).

Grace Kelly (detail)

Grace Kelly (detail)

Original Format
Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Movie Star News.

 

 

 

 

Look to the Skies, 1945

Look to the Skies, 1945

Original Format
Colourisation from a black and white photo, courtesy of the Library of Congress, March 1945, Ramitelli, Italy by Toni Frissel

About this Image
Three ground crew of the 332nd Fighter Group, more popularly known as the Tuskegee Airmen look skywards in a combat mission. The Tuskegee airmen hold the distinction of the first African-American aviators in the United States Armed Forces. This image will form part of a series around the group.

Numerous reference points of the uniforms were made, from historical archives to authentic replicas by Eastman Leather Clothing supplied to LucasArts produced 2012 film 'Red Tails'. 

  

The American Civil War: Union Captain Cunningham, 1863

The American Civil War: Union Captain Cunningham, 1863

Original Format

Wet collodion on glass substrate, photographer unknown, Bealeton, Virginia, USA. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

About this Image

Captain Cunningham poses next to the command tent. Cunningham formed part of Brigadier General Thomas F. Meagher's staff, who commanded the largely Irish contingent during the Civil War. There are some details worth further investigation, as the photo was recorded as taken in August 1863, despite Gen. Meagher's commissioned resignation in May of that year.

Original Caption

Capt. Cunningham [i.e. Conyngham] (of Gen. Meagher's staff). Bealton [sic], Va. Aug. 1863.

 

The Great Depression: Yellow Girl, 1935

The Great Depression: Yellow Girl, 1935

Original Format

 

Black and white nitrate negative, by Dorothea Lange. December 1935, New Mexico, USA. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

 

 

About this Image

Another portrait from Dorothea Lange's documentation of the Great Depression. Pictured is a resettled farm child from Taos Junction to the Bosque Farms project - a piece of land acquired by the Federal Resettlement Administration that year to house Dust Bowl refugees.

The Civil Rights Movement: March on Washington, August 28th 1963

The Civil Rights Movement: March on Washington, August 28th 1963

Original Format

Black and White 35mm Film Negative by Warren K. Leffler, Lincoln Memorial, Washington DC, USA. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

About this Image

A man surveys the 200,000 plus strong crowd from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. In what was one of the most memorable and effective political demonstrations in subject and organisation of all time, Martin Luther King would later deliver one of the defining and timeless speeches of the 20th Century.

Notes

A special commission by NPR on the 50th Anniversary coverage of the March on Washington.

 

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe

Original Format

Photographer unknown. Courtesy of Movie Star News.

"It doesn't get any better than this!"

"It doesn't get any better than this!"

Original Format

Black and white negative nitrate by Arthur Siegel. Fall 1941, Jackson, Michigan, USA. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

About this Image

Three farmers break into a bottle of Old Milwaukee, a brand of dry lager still brewed by the Pabst Brewing Company.