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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 • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

Shadow-Catcher: 1839

Shadow-Catcher: 1839

Philadelphia, November 1839. "Robert Cornelius, self-portrait facing front, arms crossed. Inscription on backing: The first light-picture ever taken. 1839." One of the first photographs made in the United States, this quarter-plate daguerreotype, taken in the yard of the Cornelius family's lamp-making business in Philadelphia, is said to be the earliest photographic portrait of a person. View full size.

 

Miss Ohio: 1850

Miss Ohio: 1850

Cincinnati circa 1850s. "Unidentified woman, half length portrait, seated with arm on table." Sixth-plate daguerreotype by James Presley Ball. View full size.

 

American Girl: 1850

American Girl: 1850

Circa 1844-1860, another portrait sitter from the studio of Mathew Brady, this one with a striking amoeba-shaped chapeau. "Unidentified woman, head and shoulders portrait, facing front. Sixth-plate daguerreotype. Hallmark: Rinhart 31. Scratched on back of plate: 304. Same sitter as in Dag No. 116." View full size.

 

Head and Shoulders: 1850

Head and Shoulders: 1850

Circa 1844-1860 daguerreotype from the studio of Mathew Brady. "Unidentified man, head-and-shoulders portrait, facing slightly right." View full size.

 

U.S.S. Galena: 1862

U.S.S. Galena: 1862

1862. On the James River in Virginia. "Effect of Confederate shot on Federal ironclad Galena." Wet plate glass negative by James F. Gibson. View full size.

 

At Ease: 1862

At Ease: 1862

July 9, 1862. "James River, Virginia. Sailors relaxing on deck of the U.S.S. Monitor." From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1861-1865. View full size. Wet plate negative, left half of stereograph pair. Photograph by James F. Gibson.

 

Home Sweet Hovel: 1936

Home Sweet Hovel: 1936

December 1936. "Mrs. Charles Benning sweeping steps of shack in Shantytown. Spencer, Iowa." Seen earlier here with her baby. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.

 
 
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