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:
Tallest boy Johnnie Younts, 72 Kirk Street, Salisbury, North Carolina. Has worked at in Salisbury Mills for 8 years. Began at 7 years old. When can he get any education? Other boy one year in mill. December 1908. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size. [At least they could afford nice clothes - Dave]
Shulman's Market at N and Union Streets SW, Washington. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam. We've gotten a lot of inquiries asking: Why do you colorize the photos? The answer is: They are not colorized. These photographs were taken on Kodachrome film, invented waaay back in the 1930s. Color photography in general goes back more than 100 years.