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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Washington Maytag: 1926

Washington Maytag: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Maytag Co. display at Industrial Exposition." 8x10 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Arlington Brewing: 1920

Arlington Brewing: 1920

Arlington Brewing Co. circa 1920. An 8x10 glass negative that would leave your fancy-schmancy digtal SLR crying for its mommy. View full size. Nat'l Photo.

 

Tiny Dancers: 1919

Tiny Dancers: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Georgetown" is all the caption says. 8x0 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

The Office: 1917

The Office: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. The National Photo Company office at 815 H Street N.W. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Step Children: 1921

Step Children: 1921

Washington D.C., 1921. "Star (Central High)." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Midnight Crap Game: 1912

Midnight Crap Game: 1912

November 23, 1912. Providence, Rhode Island. "A midnight crap game in the street near the Post Office. One 12 years old, one 14. One had been shooting here a couple of hours." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

A Watched Pot: 1942

A Watched Pot: 1942

June 1942. "TVA chemical plant where elemental phosphorus is made. Vicinity of Muscle Shoals, Alabama." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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