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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 • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Freddie the Newsie: 1915

Freddie the Newsie: 1915

May 1915. Sacramento, California. "Freddie Kafer, a very immature little newsie selling Saturday Evening Posts and newspapers at the entrance to the State Capitol. He did not know his age, nor much of anything else. He was said to be 5 or 6 years old. Nearby I found Jack, who said he was 8 years old, and who was carrying a bag full of Saturday Evening Posts, which weighed nearly half of his own weight. The bag weighed 24 pounds, and he weighed only 55. He carried this bag for several blocks to the [street]car. Said he was taking them home." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Olga Cook: 1923

Olga Cook: 1923

Broadway actress Olga Cook, leading woman of the popular operetta "Blossom Time," in Washington in 1923. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Edward and Peary: 1923

Edward and Peary: 1923

1923. "Children of the famous snow baby. Edward Stafford Jr. and Peary Stafford, ages 4 and 2, grandchildren of the late Admiral Peary, discoverer of the North Pole. Their mother, Mrs. Edward Stafford, Peary's daughter, was born in the Arctic." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

440: 1923

440: 1923

1923 in Washington, D.C. "Start of a 440." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

I'm a Wreck: 1923

I'm a Wreck: 1923

"Auto Wreck, 1923." Another Washington, D.C., vehicular mishap, this time at the Library of Congress. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

1923 Wreck Redux

1923 Wreck Redux

July 30, 1923. Washington, D.C. A closeup from this morning's post of a wrecked car in the water. View full size. National Photo Co. glass negative.

John Tidwell: 1910

John Tidwell: 1910

November 1910. Birmingham, Alabama. "John Tidwell, doffer in Avondale Mills." A closeup of the boy seen earlier today, this image was extracted from a scan of the original 5x7 glass negative, as opposed to the print used for the group shot. View full size. From a photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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