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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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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.

 

Merrily, Merrily: 1925

Merrily, Merrily: 1925

March 25, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Central High School rowing class." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Grace Valentine: 1920

Grace Valentine: 1920

The film and stage actress Grace Valentine circa 1920 at the wheel of an enormous roadster. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Italian Festa: 1908

Italian Festa: 1908

New York, May 16, 1908. "Italian festa. Mott Street decorated for religious feast." View full size. At left is a section of street seen in this post a few days ago. Google Street View. To the left of the white horse, 166 Mott (Buffa & Cianciosi) is now Ken Mable Inc. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Team Spirit: 1925

Team Spirit: 1925

Washington, D.C. "Central Stadium, 1925." Natty attire as far as the eye can see. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Belmont Park: 1913

Belmont Park: 1913

June 1913. Grandstand at Belmont Park. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 
 
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