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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Paper Mountain: 1943

Paper Mountain: 1943

April 1943. Lufkin, Texas. Southland Paper mill. Kraft (chemical) pulp for making newsprint. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon.

 

The Boys of Summer: 1924

The Boys of Summer: 1924

1924. Boys and bats. Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Washington Flyer: 1925

Washington Flyer: 1925

1925. Washington, D.C. "C.H. Milano, Ross School, 5-3/4. Plaza playground." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Fireman School: 1920

Fireman School: 1920

"Fireman School," 1920. Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Animal Control: 1924

Animal Control: 1924

Washington, D.C., dog catchers in 1924. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Maritime Mascots: 1923

Maritime Mascots: 1923

September 7, 1923. "Massachusetts Nautical School." Sailors and shipboard pets. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Crossing the Line: 1925

Crossing the Line: 1925

April 18, 1925. "George Washington inter class track meet at Central Stadium." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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