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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Lust Girls: 1919

Lust Girls: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Sidney Lust girls." Chorus girls at Sidney Lust's Leader Theater. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

3,000 Miles: 1919

3,000 Miles: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Firestone 3,000-mile tires." Presumably after those grueling 3K miles. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. I like the shadows and detail here. Old-school photography combined with digital processing can produce some striking results.

 

Sangria Seventies

Sangria Seventies

If a single photo could capture 1970s Northern California culture, this might be it. The hair; the clothes; the round oak table; the funky old apartment with painted-over wainscoting; the giant bowl of sangria. I ought to know, I was there. In fact, there I am, at the left, at my brother's Santa Cruz place with his wife (lower left) and their friends in October 1973. My brother's Ektachrome slide. View full size.

Summer Camp: 1914

Summer Camp: 1914

"Summer camps." Circa 1914, in or around Washington, D.C. One of about a dozen photos showing group campsites in the woods, some with a fanciful name posted on a sign or banner: Klassy Kamp, Kamp Komfort, Camp Vagabond, Tak It Ezy, G. Whiz Canoe Club. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Gym Rats: 1920

Gym Rats: 1920

The YMCA gymnasium in Washington, D.C., circa 1920. Note the upper-level track. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

The Salmon Kitchen: 1964

The Salmon Kitchen: 1964

Unless you happened to live in one of those fancy kitchen decor ads like you see over on Plan59.com, your 1964 kitchen might be like ours, a mixture of stuff from the 50s (1955 O'Keefe & Merritt gas range), 40s (sink, cabinets & fixtures from a 1946 remodel) and even the 30s (the copper tea kettle). A package of meat is defrosting on the griddle, which was always a little warm from its pilot light. My Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Slippery When Wet: 1921

Slippery When Wet: 1921

Another view of that 1921 car wreck at the intersection of 10th and R streets N.W. in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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