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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 • THE ARTIST'S GARDEN BY CLAUDE MONET

Onward Christian Soldiers: 1939

Onward Christian Soldiers: 1939

April 1939. "Salvation Army, San Francisco, California. At Minna Street the army forms a semicircle, girls' Sunday school class sings between preaching to attract a crowd." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Luxe Life: 1940

Luxe Life: 1940

Washington, D.C., circa 1940. "Cafritz, Morris, Mrs." A leader in both parties and philanthropy, Gwendolyn Cafritz was the Hungarian-born wife of real estate developer Morris Cafritz. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Passing Through: 1915

Passing Through: 1915

Circa 1915. "Bolton Castle in Gatun Locks, west chamber, Panama Canal." Just the thing to float your boat. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Full Steam Ahead: 1913

Full Steam Ahead: 1913

"Panama Canal excavation, 1913." The world's most celebrated shortcut marks its centennial this month. Copy negative; Harris & Ewing glass plate. View full size.

 

A Good Turn: 1936

A Good Turn: 1936

Washington, D.C. -- "Safest driver of 1936, John W. Hunter." View full size.

Safest D.C. Autoist Is Chosen;
Drove 32 Years Without Crash

Washington Post, August 13, 1936

        Thirty-two years of automobile driving without an accident or a parking ticket yesterday brought its reward when John Hunter, a merchant living at 7336 Fourteenth street northwest, was selected as Washington's safest driver by a committee headed by Commissioner Melvin C. Hazen. The choice was made in the District Building at the request of the American Automobile Association, which will hold a traffic safety clinic in New York City on August 31. Hunter, who is 57, has estimated that he had driven 600,000 miles. He has never been arrested on a traffic charge or received a parking ticket.

 

Making Money: 1912

Making Money: 1912

Washington, D.C., circa 1912. "Employees at printing presses, Bureau of Engrav­ing and Printing." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hubert & Sally: 1952

Hubert & Sally: 1952

"Hubert at Claude's farm -- April 27, 1952." Hubert Tuttle and his Dalmatian, Sally, star in this latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes -- which, though it has no soundtrack, does have a very loud shirt. 35mm color slide by Hubert's wife, Grace, brought to you by Shorpy and DeSoto. View full size.

 
 
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