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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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Three's Company: 1912

Three's Company: 1912

1912. "Andrea children. Vienna, Virginia." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

A Real Doll: 1925

A Real Doll: 1925

November 27, 1925. "Doll named by Mrs. Coolidge for Hebrew Congregational Church." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Sideways: 1919

Sideways: 1919

Washington, D.C., August 1919. "Street car wreck, Eckington." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Details here, thanks to P.E.R.

 

Locksmith: 1850s

Locksmith: 1850s

Circa 1850s occupational portrait of a latchmaker, photographer unknown. Sixth-plate daguerreotype. One of 25 occupational portraits in the Library of Congress daguerreotype collection. View full size.

 

Five Sisters: 1850

Five Sisters: 1850

The Clark sisters circa 1850. Half-plate daguerreotype. Note on stationery of the Arts Club of Washington, in handwriting of Frances Benjamin Johnston, identifies sitters (l-r): "Aunt Harriet Allen, Aunt Ladonia Hoy, Grandma Joanette C-B, Aunt Julia Millard, Aunt Laura." (Harriet Elizabeth Clark Allen, 1818-1863; Ladonia Charlotte Clark Hoy, b. 1827; Joanette Clark Benjamin, c. 1814-1880; Juliaette Alcesta Clark, b. 1820; Laura Miles Clark Palmer, b. 1822.) View full size.

 

The Music Man: 1935

The Music Man: 1935

October 1935. "Blind street musician. West Memphis, Arkansas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Resettlement Administration.

 

Factory Houses: 1941

Factory Houses: 1941

January 1941. "Near the waterfront. New Bedford, Massachusetts." 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI. View full size.

 
 
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