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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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Perry Mason: 1958

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Perry Mason: 1958

April 4, 1958. "Photographs show actor Raymond Burr filming his television show Perry Mason with co-star Barbara Hale and others. Also includes Burr memoriz­ing lines with dialogue director Don Gardner; with executive producer Gail Pat­rick. Also Burr entertaining friends at his Malibu, Calif., home; feeding and playing with his pet dogs, duck, and burro; at the beach; helping move a large tree at the Mor­gan Nurseries." From photos by Maurice Terrell and Robert Vose for the Look magazine assignment "Raymond Burr: Perry Mason's prisoner." View full size.

 

Still of the Day: 1922

Still of the Day: 1922

November 11, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Still." Back-alley Mason jar hooch in the early years of Prohibition. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Bare Beach: 1939

Bare Beach: 1939

January 1939. "Packing cabbages in truck to go to market, from small truck farm of man from North Carolina. Near Belle Glade, Florida." Bare Beach was an agricultural outpost on the southern shore of Lake Okeechobee. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Richmond Roue: 1912

Richmond Roue: 1912

Richmond, Virginia, circa 1912. "Main Street, west from 11th." Featuring That Guy. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mud and Guts: 1918

Mud and Guts: 1918

Somewhere in Europe circa 1918, from a series of World War I views. "Dead German artilleryman." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Flying Flivver: 1935

Flying Flivver: 1935

Washington, D.C., or vicinity, 1935. "Waterman Arrowplane." Waldo Waterman's roadable airplanes had no trouble getting airborne, but they never really took off. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Adams House: 1906

Adams House: 1906

Boston's Tremont Street circa 1906. "Adams House and Keith's Theatre," noted vaudeville venue. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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