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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 • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Blue Train: 1942

Blue Train: 1942

December 1942. Train going over the hump at the Chicago & North Western Proviso Yard. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

And a Bone for Fido: 1923

And a Bone for Fido: 1923

Pour this on your pancakes, it's that sweet: "Christmas Story" from 1923 or 1924. National Photo Company Collection. All together now: Awww.

 

Man of Steel: 1942

Man of Steel: 1942

November 1942. Columbia Steel at Geneva, Utah. Servicing one of the floodlights that turn night into day on the construction site of a new steel plant needed for the war effort. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger.

 

Shacktown: 1940

Shacktown: 1940

April 1940. Shacktown in Dubuque, Iowa. Many residents keep a cow or a few chickens. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

Christmas With Wilbur and Orville: 1900

Christmas With Wilbur and Orville: 1900

December 1900. Christmas tree in the home of Wilbur and Orville Wright at 7 Hawthorn Street in Dayton, Ohio, three years before their famous flight. 4x5 dry-plate glass negative by the Wright Brothers. View full size. There's a lot of detail here for fans of old-school Christmas decoration. Zoom the gifts. Update: Niece Bertha is shown here playing with the dish set in a different room or house.

 

B-25 Over California: 1942

B-25 Over California: 1942

October 1942. North American Aviation B-25 medium bomber 41-12823 over the mountains near Inglewood, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Mark Sherwood for the Office of War Information.

 

Taos County: 1943

Taos County: 1943

Spring 1943. Taos County, New Mexico. The J.D. Leon general store in Cerro. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier. View full size | Say hi to the dogs.

 
 
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