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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

Men Overboard: 1917

Men Overboard: 1917

New York, 1917. "Aboard the Recruit." Our first glimpse of life on the "landship" U.S.S. Recruit, a wooden destroyer set up in Union Square as a Navy recruiting station. For our marooned sailors there was a phonograph, dancing and a pet goat. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Landship Recruit: 1917

Landship Recruit: 1917

New York, 1917. "Landship Recruit on Union Square." The U.S.S. Recruit, a wooden battleship erected by the Navy, served as a World War I recruiting station at Union Square from 1917 to 1920, when it "set sail" for Coney Island. This is the first in a series of photographs depicting life around and aboard the landlocked boat. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Icecapade: 1924

Icecapade: 1924

February 23, 1924. A winter frolic along the frozen banks of the Potomac in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Forward Pass: 1923

Forward Pass: 1923

"Push Ball, U.S.A." A game of pushball at Central Stadium in Washington circa 1923. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Little Teddy: 1924

Little Teddy: 1924

March 22, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Theodore Roosevelt III, boxing." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Twins: 1939

Twins: 1939

February 1939. "Child of migratory packinghouse workers. Belle Glade, Florida." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA.

 

Left and Right: 1922

Left and Right: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Auto accident." View full size. National Photo Co.

 
 
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