Library of Congress Collection of Over 175,000 WPA Photos Now Online

04/09/2010 10:32 AM |

WPA photo Library of Congress

Among the millions of images available on its recently revamped prints and photographs database, the Library of Congress has uploaded its huge collection of Farm Security Administration, Work Projects Administration and Office of War Information black and white negatives, as well as Civil War photos for the history buffs, collections of pre-1915 Japanese prints for you Orientalists, landmarked building renovation images for the handy-men and -women, and a collection of political cartoons for the pundits.

The site’s a little slow (it’s not Google, after all), but well worth wading through to find spectacular and often uncredited, caption-less shots of every walk of Depression-era American life and World War II. It’s like a Flickr photostream from the past! (ModernArtNotes)