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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 • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Hill House: 1936

Hill House: 1936

July 1936. Hill House, Mississippi. "Sharecroppers' families gathering needs for their Fourth of July celebration, whites and blacks together." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Dogwood: 1922

Dogwood: 1922

From circa 1922, the bandleader and Victor recording artist Joseph C. Smith. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Old Ball Game: 1912

The Old Ball Game: 1912

October 8, 1912. First game of the 1912 World Series, between the New York Giants and Boston Red Sox. Right field grandstand at New York's Polo Grounds. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

General Outdoor: 1941

General Outdoor: 1941

July 1941. Chicago parking lot. View full size. 35mm negative by John Vachon.

 

True Confessions: 1941

True Confessions: 1941

July 1941. Street scene in Chicago on Washington at Dearborn. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. View full size | Another view.

 

Crossville Loafers: 1937

Crossville Loafers: 1937

1937. "Men loafing. Crossville, Tennessee." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Shadowland: 1863

Shadowland: 1863

Washington circa 1863. Wounded soldiers at Harewood Hospital with mosquito netting over their beds. View full size. Left half of a glass-plate stereograph.

 
 
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