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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

Captive Cacti: 1905

Captive Cacti: 1905

Pittsburgh circa 1905. "Cacti, Phipps Conservatory, Schenley Park." The Devil's Pin Cushion and other visitors to Pennsylvania. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Make Way for Trucklings!

Make Way for Trucklings!

May 1943. "Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore. Girl driver on a supply truck." Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Ironwoman: 1943

Ironwoman: 1943

June 1943. Arlington County, Va. "Arlington Farms, war duration residence halls. Laundry room in Idaho Hall." Photo by Esther Bubley. View full size.

 

Kewpee Hamburgs: 1930s

Kewpee Hamburgs: 1930s

Circa 1930s. "Kewpee Hotels hamburger stand." This early fast-food chain ("Hamburg / Pickle on top / Makes your heart / Go flippity-flop") got its start in Michigan in the 1920s. Location and photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Beanball: 1920

Beanball: 1920

"Boston Common, 1920. Baseball field and Beacon Hill." An aerial view from the Shorpy skybox. 4x5 inch glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Democracy's Dashboard: 1934

Democracy's Dashboard: 1934

June 1934. "Nebraska State Capitol at Lincoln. House chamber." Note the electro-mechanical tally board, and voting controls decorated with medallions of Abraham Lincoln. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Sign Age: 1906

Sign Age: 1906

1906. "Boston, Massachusetts. School Street and Parker House." Home of the eponymous buttery roll. Much interesting signage in evidence, including two giant SIGNS signs. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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