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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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Dog Funeral: 1922

Dog Funeral: 1922

"Dog Funeral." Laying Fido to rest in Washington, D.C., circa 1922. 4x5 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Watching the World Go By: 1938

Watching the World Go By: 1938

Summer 1938. Passing the time outside the bus station in Marion, Ohio. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Percy Neville: 1913

Percy Neville: 1913

November 1913. Shreveport, Louisiana. "Percy Neville, 11 years old. Messenger boy #6 for Mackay Telegraph Company. He has been messenger for different companies for four years. Goes to the Reservation [red light district] every day." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Chiaroscuro: 1909

Chiaroscuro: 1909

November 1909. "Night scene, Wheaton Glass Works." Blowing bottles in Millville, New Jersey. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Gotcha: 1920

Gotcha: 1920

Rat meets rat catcher in New York circa 1920. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

Mermaid Club: 1920

Mermaid Club: 1920

"Mermaid Club, Philadelphia." Members in bathing suits circa 1920. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Harriot Stanton Blatch: 1913

Harriot Stanton Blatch: 1913

July 30, 1913, New York. Suffragist Harriot Stanton Blatch in the front seat of a Cole touring car with (from left) Susan Fitzgerald, Emma Bugbee and Maggie Murphy. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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