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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

Factory Air: 1942

Factory Air: 1942

February 1942. "Synthetic rubber (Ameripol). Worker standing on blowdown tank, ready to tap polymerizer tank at the Akron, Ohio, synthetic rubber plant of the B.F. Goodrich Co." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Princess Priscilla: 1924

Princess Priscilla: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Princess Bibesco of Rumania." Priscilla Bibesco (1920-2004) led an interesting and peripatetic life. Marcel Proust and Queen Alexandra were her godparents; her father was the Romanian ambassador to Washington. When World War 2 began, she hitchhiked to Beirut to become a spy; after the Communists took over in Eastern Europe, she made her home in Paris. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Nuclear Family: 1956

Nuclear Family: 1956

Another found 35mm Kodachrome transparency from our New Jersey family of slide-takers in their atomic living room circa 1956. View full size.

Cold, Cold Heart: 1924

Cold, Cold Heart: 1924

Washington, D.C. April 2, 1924. The motion picture actress Fritzi Ridgeway strikes a pose. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative.

 

New Haven: 1913

New Haven: 1913

September 13, 1913. Yale football coaches and captain: Jesse Spalding, Douglas Bomeisler, Dr. William T. Bull, Carl Gallauer, Henry H. Ketcham (Capt.), Howard Jones." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. [Thanks to Anonymous Tipster for the first names and correct spelling. - Dave]

 

Willie and Fred: 1908

Willie and Fred: 1908

November 1908. Wylie Mill at Chester, S.C. Willie Crocker (barefoot), 13 yrs. old -- "worked since I was 6." Lost part of finger in gear of machinery. Fred Crocker, 11. One year in mill." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Nurse Hamaguchi: 1943

Nurse Hamaguchi: 1943

Nurse Aiko Hamaguchi at the Manzanar Relocation Center, California, in 1943. Medium format safety negative by Ansel Adams. View full size.

 
 
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