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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 NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Chicago: Night: 1943

Chicago: Night: 1943

Illinois Central freight cars at the South Water Street terminal, Chicago. May 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Shasta Totem: 1942

Shasta Totem: 1942

June 1942. Cable tower from which buckets carry materials used in the construction of Shasta Dam, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

 

Smithsonian Castle: 1860s

Smithsonian Castle: 1860s

Washington, D.C. "Smithsonian Institute, 1860-1865." Wet collodion glass plate, Brady-Handy Collection. View full size.

 

Under Construction: 1863

Under Construction: 1863

"Trinity Episcopal Church, 3rd & C & Ind. Ave." Unfinished Capitol in the background, circa 1863-64. View full size. Brady-Handy Collection.

 

Deadwood City Hall: 1890

Deadwood City Hall: 1890

Deadwood City Hall in 1890 shortly after its completion. Note fire wagons in garage, fire alarm and fire hydrant. The building burned to the ground in 1952. Those are electric arc lights mounted up near the belfry. View full size. Photograph by John C.H. Grabill.

 

Dialog of Giants: 1942

Dialog of Giants: 1942

Construction at the Tennessee Valley Authority's Douglas Dam, June 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Mustang by the Tail: 1942

Mustang by the Tail: 1942

October 1942. A painter cleans the tail section of a P-51 Mustang fighter prior to spraying with olive-drab camouflage. North American Aviation plant, Inglewood, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 
 
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