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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 • GEORGE WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

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.

 

These Boots Were Made for Driving

These Boots Were Made for Driving

Miss Hazel Jones and Miss Marion Cameron in 1922. View full size | Zoom in on their driving ensemble. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Traffic-Stopper: 1924

Traffic-Stopper: 1924

"The license plate is almost as large as her automobile, but Miss Mary Bay likes her car because it is easy to park. Miss Bay is shown braving the traffic of Washington." January 29, 1924. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Motley Crew: 1864

Motley Crew: 1864

A closeup of the gents in the 1864 Civil War photo two doors down. An interesting variety of smoking materials, headgear and footwear. View full size.

 

Petersburg: 1864

Petersburg: 1864

August 1864. "Petersburg, North Carolina. Group at headquarters of the Provost Marshal Department." View full size. Wet collodion glass-plate negative, LOC.

 
 
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