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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Thanksgiving Bird: 1919

Thanksgiving Bird: 1919

A young girl stands with her Thanksgiving dinner. From the National Photo Company collection, 1919. View full size.

 

Turkey Run: 1929

Turkey Run: 1929

A thanksgiving turkey is delivered to Washington, D.C., for President Herbert Hoover on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1929. From the National Photo Company collection. View full size.

 

A Little Privacy, Please II

A Little Privacy, Please II

A child washes before lunch at the nursery school at the Queensbridge housing project in Queens, New York. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein, June, 1942. View full size.

 

A Little Privacy, Please I

A Little Privacy, Please I

Children are taught personal hygiene at the nursery school at the Queensbridge housing project in Queens, New York. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein, June, 1942. View full size.

 

Kitty Hawk Drum Fish: 1900

Kitty Hawk Drum Fish: 1900

Tom Tate, the son of Captain Tate's half-brother Daniel Tate, poses with a drum fish in front of a 1900 Wright glider. Photograph by either Orville or Wilbur Wright, 1900. View full size.

 

Hill of the Wreck: 1900

Hill of the Wreck: 1900

A crumpled glider destroyed by the wind on Hill of the Wreck in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The hill was named after a shipwreck, not the fate of the glider. Photograph by either Orville or Wilbur Wright, Oct. 10, 1900. View full size.

 

Great Boston Fire of 1872

Great Boston Fire of 1872

A city in ruins. Boston, Massachusetts, after the great fire of November 9-10, 1872. View full size. Albumen print by Joshua Smith. Wikipedia link.

 
 
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