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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Studebaker Cathedral: 1908

Studebaker Cathedral: 1908

New York, 1908. "Old church on 48th Street." Studebaker Garage, a former Christian Science house of worship, at 143 West 48th Street. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

River-Boy: 1913

River-Boy: 1913

November 1913. Beaumont, Texas. "Hard work and dangerous. River-boy Lyman Frugia poles the heavy logs into the incline that takes them up to the mill. It is not only hard work, but he is exposed to all kinds of weather and is dangerous too. Said he is 14 years old, has worked here several months, gets one dollar a day. Miller & Vidor Lumber Company." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Examining Room: 1917

The Examining Room: 1917

New York. February 27, 1917. "Examining naval volunteers." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Library of Congress.

 

Gypsy Dance: 1915

Gypsy Dance: 1915

"Rasch dancing." The Viennese ballerina and choreographer Albertina Rasch circa 1915. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection glass negative.

 

Family Outing: 1918

Family Outing: 1918

New York, July 22, 1918. "B.V.D. Valentine." The family at an American Red Cross event. George Grantham Bain Collection glass negative. View full size.

I Like Shostakovich: 1955

I Like Shostakovich: 1955

Proof positive that my brother and I both fell victim to a similar strange mania at the age of 18. Here, in 1955, a senior in high school and fooling around with his newly-acquired Lordox 35mm camera, he snapped this Kodachrome self-portrait at his desk in our bedroom. Nine years later when I was 18, I shot my records, including the same Shostakovich album, spread out in our living room, as seen here. By that time, "I Like Jazz," a Columbia Records sampler, was no longer around. Posted with my brother's kind acquiescence. View full size.

V: 1943

V: 1943

California, 1943. "Calisthenics at Manzanar War Relocation Center." Medium format nitrate negative by Ansel Adams. Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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