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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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Night on Catherine: 1954

Night on Catherine: 1954

"Montreal July 1954. Night on Catherine and Peel Streets." From Set 3 of found 35mm Kodachrome slides. View full size. I don't know about you, but I'm heading right over to the Indian Room to meet Jack Delano for cocktails.

Black Belt Barber: 1941

Black Belt Barber: 1941

April 1941. South Side Chicago. "Barber shop in the Black Belt." View full size. 35mm safety negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 

The Blizzard of '08

The Blizzard of '08

January 1908. "Snow storm, 14th Street, New York City." View full size. Glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Lots of interesting signs in this one.

 

Cruising: 1922

Cruising: 1922

June 26, 1922. "Laura Lyle, Olive Robinson, Virginia Roche, Ruth O'Brien" aboard a ship. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

And Away We Go: 1956

And Away We Go: 1956

"Homcy Wedding. Oct. 21, 1956." Found 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Ray Schalk: 1924

Ray Schalk: 1924

"Schalk, Chicago, 1924." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Washday Blues: 1941

Washday Blues: 1941

April 1941. Washday in South Side Chicago. 35mm safety negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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