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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 • LAKE GARDA, ITALY

Vulcan Iron Works: 1865

Vulcan Iron Works: 1865

1865. Charleston, South Carolina. Archibald McLeish's Vulcan Iron Works on Cumberland Street. Left half of glass-plate stereograph, from photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. View full size. Note the unusually elaborate sign, as well as what seem to be the giant wheels of an artillery carriage.

 

Convergence: 1941

Convergence: 1941

September 1941. "Ranch mailbox near Farson, Wyoming." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA.

 

Super Bowl: 1944

Super Bowl: 1944

March 1944. "Thomas Gilmartin bowling at the Lighthouse, an institution for the blind at 111 East 59th Street in New York. Rail on his left is a guide to the starting line." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Richard Boyer.

 

Penfield of Princeton: 1911

Penfield of Princeton: 1911

Sept. 25, 1911. Princeton tackle (and later noted brain surgeon) Wilder Graves Penfield. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Manzanar: 1943

Manzanar: 1943

1943. Japanese-American internees at the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California. "Players involved in a football game on a dusty field, buildings and mountains in the distance. Note: Be sure and straighten horizon when printing." Medium-format nitrate negative by Ansel Adams. View full size.

 

The Sheltering Sky: 1943

The Sheltering Sky: 1943

Santa Fe R.R. trip, March 1943. Section house along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad in the vicinity of Encino, New Mexico. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Old-School: 1923

Old-School: 1923

November 17, 1923. Randolph-Macon vs. Gallaudet, playing in Washington, D.C. The outcome: Gallaudet 21, Randolph-Macon 0. View full size. National Photo.

 
 
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