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.
Vintage photos of:
Stern-wheelers Louise and Delta on the Yukon River circa 1915 at the Gold Rush supply center of Ruby, Alaska, which at its peak was home to some 3,000 people. A fire in 1929 and flood two years later obliterated much of the town, which today has fewer than 200 residents. View full size. Lomen Bros. photo.
James Davis (white tank top) at Moosehead Lake in Maine in 1921. Davis, a former steelworker, was secretary of labor in the Harding, Coolidge and Hoover administrations and later represented Pennsylvania in the Senate. He also wrote "The Iron Puddler." National Photo Company Collection. View full size.
"Louise and flower shop auto." February 5, 1922. (Yes, it really does say Louise on the hat. We have a different photo we'll post tomorrow.) "Louise" is tootling along the sidewalks of Washington in a battery-powered Custer Car very similar to the one being driven by Miss Bay. National Photo Co. Collection. View full size.