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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

Brooklyn Bridge: 1910

Brooklyn Bridge: 1910

The Brooklyn Bridge circa 1910. View full size. Detroit Publishing Co.

 

High Voltage: 1942

High Voltage: 1942

June 1942. Working on power transmission and utility lines near the TVA hydro- electric plant at Chickamauga Dam or Douglas Dam, Tennessee. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

 

Civil War Signal Tower: 1864

Civil War Signal Tower: 1864

Bermuda Hundred, Virginia. Signal tower on left of the line near the Appomattox River. Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, the Army of the James, June 1864-April 1865. Wet collodion glass plate. View full size | Even larger. Signal towers, employed by both the Confederate and Union armies during the Civil War to transmit coded messages, used flags by day and torches by night.

 

Williamsburg Bridge: 1903

Williamsburg Bridge: 1903

Williamsburg Bridge, New York, c 1903-1910. View full size. Detroit Publishing.

 

Pat Connelly: 1909

Pat Connelly: 1909

New York, November 13, 1909. "Irish wrestler Pat Connelly." 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Time to Make the Donuts

Time to Make the Donuts

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

 

Philadelphia Story: 1941

Philadelphia Story: 1941

Chicago moviegoers waiting to see "The Philadelphia Story" starring Stewart, Grant and Hepburn. April 1941. View full size. Photograph by Russell Lee.

 
 
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