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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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Proviso Freight House: 1943

Proviso Freight House: 1943

April 1943. "Chicago & North Western R.R. Tracks leading into the freight house at Proviso yard. This is said to be the largest covered freight house in the world." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the OWI.

 

The Help Desk: 1864

The Help Desk: 1864

August 1864. Petersburg, Virginia. "Military telegraph operators at headquarters." Photograph from the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. View full size. Wet collodion glass plate negative from Civil War photographs compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge.

 

H.E.F. and Lamb: 1926

H.E.F. and Lamb: 1926

1926 or 1927. Washington, D.C. "H.E.F. & lamb." Herbert E. French, the proprietor of National Photo. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Miss Fudge: 1921

Miss Fudge: 1921

1921. "Dog cemetery, Miss Logan's dog." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Butte Parade: 1939

Butte Parade: 1939

Summer 1939. Butte, Montana. "High school band parading up Montana street." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA.

 

Pretty in Pink: 1952

Pretty in Pink: 1952

Circa 1952, possibly in Indiana. Another image from Set 2 of found 35mm Kodachromes. Note the Cadillac-inspired tacked-on tailfins on the Ford, which we'll tentatively identify as a 1950 Crestliner. View full size.

Right Smart Two Years: 1908

Right Smart Two Years: 1908

October 1908. Gastonia, North Carolina. Boy from Loray Mill. "Been at it right smart two years." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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