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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 • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

Harewood: 1863

Harewood: 1863

Washington circa 1863. "Mess hall at Harewood Hospital, heated by elaborate stoves." 3x4 glass-plate stereograph, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Brandy Station: 1864

Brandy Station: 1864

February 1864. Brandy Station, Virginia. Secret Service officers at Army of the Potomac winter headquarters: Col. George H. Sharpe, John G. Babcock, unidentified and Lt. Col. John McEntee. 8x10 glass-plate negative from a collection compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge. View full size. Alternate caption information, which records the date of creation/publication as August 1863: "Bealeton, Va. Members of the Bureau of Military Information."

 

Greetings From Buckeye Lake: 1938

Greetings From Buckeye Lake: 1938

Summer 1938. "Looking over Buckeye Lake," the fleshpot of central Ohio if photographer Ben Shahn is to be believed. Full size | The sordid details.

 

Making Merry: 1938

Making Merry: 1938

Summer 1938. "Scene at Buckeye Lake Amusement Park, near Columbus, Ohio." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

 

Dolled Up: 1939

Dolled Up: 1939

1939. Ladies who lunch in Washington, D.C., with the toy department as a backdrop. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by David Myers.

 

Hanging in There: 1913

Hanging in There: 1913

September 15, 1913. Frederick Schnell and father-in-law Ardolph Kline, a president of the New York City board of aldermen who served as NYC mayor for three months following the unexpected death, five days before this picture was taken, of William Jay Gaynor. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Now for the Tricky Part: 1910

Now for the Tricky Part: 1910

April 21, 1910. Boston Nationals (Braves) manager Fred Lake does it the hard way. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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