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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

In for Overhaul: 1942

In for Overhaul: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. In the Chicago & North Western locomotive repair shops." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Elwin Asleep: 1952

Elwin Asleep: 1952

"Elwin asleep - 11 April 1952." This outtake from Minnesota Kodachromes was evidently deemed worth saving despite the photographer's being at the end of his roll. 35mm color transparency by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

Double Panama: 1915

Double Panama: 1915

Circa 1915. "Steamer Panama at Pedro Miguel Locks, approach from Miraflores Lake, Panama Canal." Another high-resolution view to mark the centenary of the Panama Canal. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Onward Christian Soldiers: 1939

Onward Christian Soldiers: 1939

April 1939. "Salvation Army, San Francisco, California. At Minna Street the army forms a semicircle, girls' Sunday school class sings between preaching to attract a crowd." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Luxe Life: 1940

Luxe Life: 1940

Washington, D.C., circa 1940. "Cafritz, Morris, Mrs." A leader in both parties and philanthropy, Gwendolyn Cafritz was the Hungarian-born wife of real estate developer Morris Cafritz. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Passing Through: 1915

Passing Through: 1915

Circa 1915. "Bolton Castle in Gatun Locks, west chamber, Panama Canal." Just the thing to float your boat. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Full Steam Ahead: 1913

Full Steam Ahead: 1913

"Panama Canal excavation, 1913." The world's most celebrated shortcut marks its centennial this month. Copy negative; Harris & Ewing glass plate. View full size.

 
 
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