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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Charlie Lambert: 1909

Charlie Lambert: 1909

January 1909. Augusta, Georgia. Charlie Lambert, 15, has been in textile mill work eight years. Went into Granby mill in Columbia, South Carolina, at 7 years old. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Antonio Petruccelli Holiday Print

Antonio Petruccelli Holiday Print

In what we hope will be an annual tradition, we're pleased to open the season on the Shorpy/Plan59 Holiday Print, made at Juniper Gallery in Fairfax, Virginia, from an original 1938 painting by noted Fortune magazine illustrator Antonio Petruccelli that we purchased at auction last fall in New York. The prints, struck on French art paper with archival inks, are very detailed and quite beautiful.
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Sudley Ford: 1862

Sudley Ford: 1862

Winter of 1861-1862. Federal cavalry at Sudley Ford, Virginia, following the battle of First Bull Run (July 1861). View full size. Half of a glass-plate stereograph pair taken by George N. Barnard and compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge.

 

Bahamas: 1949

Bahamas: 1949

For a slight change of pace, here's a 35mm Kodachrome taken by my grandmother on a sailing trip around the Bahamas in 1949. View full size.

Yellow Rows of Texas: 1943

Yellow Rows of Texas: 1943

Extracted sulfur stacked in a "vat" 60 feet tall at Freeport Sulphur Co. in Hoskins Mound, Texas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon.

 

Sulfur Vat: 1943

Sulfur Vat: 1943

May 1943. Sixty-foot-tall sulfur vat at the Freeport Sulphur Co. in Hoskins Mound, Texas. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon.

 

The Best Little Bathouse in Texas

The Best Little Bathouse in Texas

1914. Dr. Charles Campbell and a "municipal bat-roost" in San Antonio, Texas ("for one of man's best friends"), his idea for mosquito control at a time when malaria was a major public health problem in the U.S. Disguised as a favorite bat habitat — a church steeple, complete with cross — the roost was fitted with a trapdoor and stilts to facilitate the harvesting of guano by the wagonload for use as fertilizer. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 
 
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