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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

The Crying Boy: 1920

The Crying Boy: 1920

"Boy Crying (1920)" is all the caption card has to say about this enigmatic scene. Cheer up, Bub. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Young Men's Shop: 1921

Young Men's Shop: 1921

The Young Men's Shop in Washington, D.C., 1921. "We give you FREE a two-dollar bill with every pair of shoes." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Dead Letter Office: 1922

Dead Letter Office: 1922

Dead Letter Office, probably in Washington. D.C. September 22, 1922. Somebody claim those tires! View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

In the Shop: 1942

In the Shop: 1942

Chicago & North Western railroad locomotive shops at Chicago. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Proviso South: 1942

Proviso South: 1942

South Yards at the Chicago & North Western Proviso Yards. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Laura Bryn: 1922

Laura Bryn: 1922

Miss Laura Bryn, daughter of the Norway's ambassador to Washington, gets into her car on November 2, 1922. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Miss Louise Johnson: 1920

Miss Louise Johnson: 1920

Miss Louise Johnson, from 1920. Her somewhat damaged appearance is maybe appropriate since the Shorpy Mid-Atlantic office is just coming back online after an agonizingly long Internet outage. View full size. National Photo Company.

 
 
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