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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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Hill of the Wreck: 1900

Hill of the Wreck: 1900

A crumpled glider destroyed by the wind on Hill of the Wreck in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. The hill was named after a shipwreck, not the fate of the glider. Photograph by either Orville or Wilbur Wright, Oct. 10, 1900. View full size.

 

Great Boston Fire of 1872

Great Boston Fire of 1872

A city in ruins. Boston, Massachusetts, after the great fire of November 9-10, 1872. View full size. Albumen print by Joshua Smith. Wikipedia link.

 

Great Boston Fire of 1872 (II)

Great Boston Fire of 1872 (II)

A city in ruins. Boston, Massachusetts, after the great fire of November 9-10, 1872. View full size. Albumen print by Joshua Smith. Wikipedia link.

 

Charlie Lambert: 1909

Charlie Lambert: 1909

January 1909. Augusta, Georgia. Charlie Lambert, 15, has been in textile mill work eight years. Went into Granby mill in Columbia, South Carolina, at 7 years old. View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Antonio Petruccelli Holiday Print

Antonio Petruccelli Holiday Print

In what we hope will be an annual tradition, we're pleased to open the season on the Shorpy/Plan59 Holiday Print, made at Juniper Gallery in Fairfax, Virginia, from an original 1938 painting by noted Fortune magazine illustrator Antonio Petruccelli that we purchased at auction last fall in New York. The prints, struck on French art paper with archival inks, are very detailed and quite beautiful.
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Sudley Ford: 1862

Sudley Ford: 1862

Winter of 1861-1862. Federal cavalry at Sudley Ford, Virginia, following the battle of First Bull Run (July 1861). View full size. Half of a glass-plate stereograph pair taken by George N. Barnard and compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge.

 

Bahamas: 1949

Bahamas: 1949

For a slight change of pace, here's a 35mm Kodachrome taken by my grandmother on a sailing trip around the Bahamas in 1949. View full size.

 
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