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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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Joy Unconfined: 1915

Joy Unconfined: 1915

Summer 1915. Dancing to the tunes coming out of an Edison Home Phonograph at Broad Channel, N.Y. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Beach Policeman: 1922

Beach Policeman: 1922

Today marks the 90th anniversary of Officer Norton putting tape to thigh!

"June 30, 1922. Washington policeman Bill Norton measuring the distance between knee and suit at the Tidal Basin bathing beach after Col. Sherrill, Superintendent of Public Buildings and Grounds, issued an order that suits not be over six inches above the knee." National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Where Elsie Met Her End

Where Elsie Met Her End

"House in which Miss Sigel was killed." The building at 782 Eighth Avenue in New York where the body of Elsie Sigel was found in a trunk. Click here for another view (of different buildings?) and more information on a very cold case from 1909. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Young FDR: 1911

Young FDR: 1911

Franklin Roosevelt in a portrait dated February 3, 1911, a few days after his 29th birthday. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Vacancy

Vacancy

The same view from 1960 as below, but at night. Pretty, isn't it? View full size.

 

No Vacancy

No Vacancy

Another Kodachrome slide from the Shorpy shoebox, labeled "Florida 1960." View full size. Could there be a postcard on eBay showing the same motel?

 

Dirigible of Baron deMarcay

Dirigible of Baron deMarcay

"Dirigible Balloon of Baron deMarcay," circa 1908. View full size. G.G. Bain.

 
 
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