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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 • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Cabinet children: 1922

Cabinet children: 1922

The children of U.S. cabinet members at Easter, April 1922. Photo from the National Photo Company collection. View full size.

 

Blacksmith: c. 1900

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Blacksmith: c. 1900

Two children talk to a blacksmith standing in the doorway of his forge. Photograph by Frances S. Allen, c. 1900. View full size.

 

Bill and Hattie: 1922

Bill and Hattie: 1922

Bill Snyder and Hattie at the Central Park elephant house in 1922. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Urban Elephant: 1923

Urban Elephant: 1923

December 5, 1923. Probably Washington, D.C. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection, Library of Congress.

 

Say Cheeseburger: 1938

Say Cheeseburger: 1938

August 1938. "Itinerant photographer in Columbus, Ohio." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative. Photograph by Ben Shahn, Farm Security Administration.

 

Slice of Life: 1912

Slice of Life: 1912

August 1912. Another picture of little Annie Fedele, 22 Horace Street, Somerville, Massachusetts, doing piecework, which usually entailed putting the finishing touches (buttons, or collar and waistband trim) on a mostly completed article of clothing. The garment manufacturers paid a few cents for each piece that was done. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Belle Isle: 1865

Belle Isle: 1865

Spring 1865. Belle Isle railroad bridge from the south bank of the James River after the fall of Richmond. View full size. Glass plate negative from the Civil War collection compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge.

 
 
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