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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 • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Amaryllis, Amaryllis: 1920

Amaryllis, Amaryllis: 1920

"Wildflowers of Palestine. Yellow amaryllis (Sternbergia Clusiana Gaul)." Circa 1920 dry plate glass stereograph. View full size. Matson Photo Service.

 

Dinner: 1923

Dinner: 1923

Washington, 1923. "Beef in storage." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Flower Girls: 1927

Flower Girls: 1927

March 21, 1927. Washington, D.C. "Ruth Jardine (at right) and class at Amaryllis show." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Study Hall: 1936

Study Hall: 1936

Washington, D.C., circa 1936. "Tech High School students." View full size. 5x7 safety negative, National Photo Company Collection.

 

Eight Feet Up: 1924

Eight Feet Up: 1924

Washington, D.C. May 31, 1924. "High school track." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Road Locomotive: 1920

Road Locomotive: 1920

The actress Grace Valentine circa 1920 in an expensive looking Packard roadster. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Betty Crockers: 1935

Betty Crockers: 1935

Bethesda, Maryland. "Cooking class, Chevy Chase High School, 1935." 5x7 safety negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 
 
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