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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

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.

 

Corner Grocery: 1921

Corner Grocery: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921, looking up Georgia Avenue at Howard Place, and Jacob Katzen's grocery, dealer in Velvet Kind ice cream and Whistle. Another Harris & Ewing glass negative from the "traffic" series. View full size.

 

Caught in Passing: 1905

Caught in Passing: 1905

Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1905. "North Station." Frozen forever at 10:40 a.m. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Air Raid Rules: 1942

Air Raid Rules: 1942

What to Do — What Not to Do

        This war is not like any other. It may reach your street -- your home -- at any moment. You may be fighting in this war tomorrow, or next week, or next month. Your government asks of you one simple thing, but one very important thing ... Learn and remember what to do if enemy planes and bombs come.

July 1942. "West Danville, Vermont. Guy Davenport, 11, and Maynard Clark, 14, reading the air raid instructions posted in Gilbert S. Hastings' post office and general store." Photo by Fritz Henle, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

China Clipper: 1936

China Clipper: 1936

July 22, 1936. "Aerial view of Pan American Airways 'China Clipper' (Martin M130 Flying Boat) over San Francisco with Coit Memorial Tower at left. Clyde H. Sunderland, commercial and aerial photographs, Oakland, Calif." View full size.

 

Bobby Sox Brigade: 1942

Bobby Sox Brigade: 1942

July 1942. "East Montpelier, Vermont. Marilyn Ormsbee, in striped dress (last seen here), is president of her 4-H Club, the Montpelier Center Girls, where she learns how to sew and cook economically and well." Medium format negative by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Mad Men: 1943

Mad Men: 1943

March 1943. "New York, New York. Madison Avenue on a rainy day." Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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