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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

Rail Hub: 1906

Rail Hub: 1906

Circa 1906. "Elevated railway terminal, 70th and Market streets, Philadelphia." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cafe Society: 1943

Cafe Society: 1943

February 1943. "This image in a jacket marked 'Killed'." From photos taken in and around Albuquerque, New Mexico, by John Collier for the OWI. View full size.

 

Fistic Follies: 1910

Fistic Follies: 1910

"Ford, J., Mrs., group." Sequel to the whimsical Harris & Ewing portrait seen here earlier. Things seem to have taken a turn for the worse! View full size.

 

The Photochrom Co.: 1902

The Photochrom Co.: 1902

Circa 1902. "Photochrom Co. Building, Detroit." Where Detroit Photographic's giant glass negatives were transformed into their raison d'etre -- millions of colorized postcards. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

The Pointer Sisters: 1910

The Pointer Sisters: 1910

Circa 1910. "Ford, J., Mrs., group." An outlier among Harris & Ewing's generally sedate-and-sober studio portraits. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Baby: 1924-2014

Baby: 1924-2014

        Lauren Bacall, the smoky-voiced movie legend who taught Humphrey Bogart how to whistle in "To Have and Have Not," died today in New York at the age of 89.

-- Los Angeles Times

1944. "Actress Lauren Bacall, three-quarters portrait, in houndstooth-check jacket." Warner Bros. publicity still for To Have and Have Not. View full size.

 

Cake or Pie?

Cake or Pie?

"Amy Frandle -- 2 March 1952." The latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes takes place at the kitchen table. The cake looks delicious, but we'll start with a slice of that cherry pie, please. 35mm color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

 
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