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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Byron: 1911

Byron: 1911

"I cut my finger nearly off, cutting sardines the other day." Seven-year-old Byron Hamilton of Eastport, Maine, earns 25 cents a day as a cutter at the Seacoast Sardine cannery. August 1911. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Amarillo Again: 1943

Amarillo Again: 1943

Amarillo, Texas, in March 1943. "General view of the city and the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad." View full size | Or even bigger. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. More Amarillo here and here.

 

Fort Johnson: 1865

Fort Johnson: 1865

A Civil War photograph from 1865 of Fort Johnson on Morris Island near Charleston, South Carolina. View full size | Closeup of the crates. Wet collodion glass plate, half of stereo pair. Note the tent with a brick fireplace.

 

Amethyst Twilight: 1942

Amethyst Twilight: 1942

December 1942. "Proviso departure yard of the Chicago & North Western R.R. at twilight." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Amarillo: 1943

Amarillo: 1943

General view of Amarillo, Texas, taken by Jack Delano on his trip via the Santa Fe rails from Chicago to California in March 1943. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency, Office of War Information. View full size | View even larger. The street running left to right is SW 11th Avenue, crossing South Tyler Street. The building with the red tile roof is First Presbyterian Church at 1100 South Harrison. Another 1943 view of the neighborhood and South Tyler street is here.

 

Rubbing: 1905

Rubbing: 1905

The title of this 1905 photo by George Lawrence is "Rubbing," with a copyright assigned to Cluett, Peabody & Co., which in the 1930s developed the Sanforization pre-shrink process for cottons. View full size.

 

Squaw Wanted: 1906

Squaw Wanted: 1906

This circa 1906 photograph of a young Inuit man doing laundry (titled "Squaw Wanted" — not just politically but ethnographically incorrect, we'd say) is by Goetze of Nome, Alaska. View full size.

 
 
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