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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Scipio Wright: 1917

Scipio Wright: 1917

Scipio, a St. Bernard acquired by Orville Wright in 1917. Photo taken between 1917 and 1928. View full size. 5x7 glass negative by Orville Wright.

 

Greensboro: 1941

Greensboro: 1941

June 1941. Sawmill and smokestack at the Greensboro Lumber Co. in Greensboro, Georgia. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Free Horse Dinner!

Free Horse Dinner!

December 29, 1923. "Horse Christmas Party" at the Washington, D.C., Animal Rescue League. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Blue Train: 1942

Blue Train: 1942

December 1942. Train going over the hump at the Chicago & North Western Proviso Yard. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

And a Bone for Fido: 1923

And a Bone for Fido: 1923

Pour this on your pancakes, it's that sweet: "Christmas Story" from 1923 or 1924. National Photo Company Collection. All together now: Awww.

 

Man of Steel: 1942

Man of Steel: 1942

November 1942. Columbia Steel at Geneva, Utah. Servicing one of the floodlights that turn night into day on the construction site of a new steel plant needed for the war effort. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger.

 

Shacktown: 1940

Shacktown: 1940

April 1940. Shacktown in Dubuque, Iowa. Many residents keep a cow or a few chickens. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 
 
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