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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 • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Bay Windows: 1899

Bay Windows: 1899

Man on the porch of his house in Georgia, probably near Atlanta. 1899 or 1900. View full size. Gelatin silver print from the collection of W.E.B. Du Bois.

 

Hood Ornament: 1948

Hood Ornament: 1948

April 7, 1948: "Woman with chest & stomach on mat, head up and hands behind her back holding her feet." View full size. New York World-Telegram & Sun photo by Phyllis Twatchman. (Looks like a cross between Madonna and Marilyn.)

 

Locomotive Cab: 1942

Locomotive Cab: 1942

Working on the cab of a locomotive brought in for repairs at the Chicago & North Western 40th Street shops, Chicago. December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Apparition: 1931

Apparition: 1931

The Graf Zeppelin hovering over Jerusalem. April 11, 1931. View full size. Dry plate glass negative. American Colony Photo Department.

 

Push Harder: 1908

Push Harder: 1908

Clement-Bayard dirigible in shed in France circa 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Jerusalem: 1931

Jerusalem: 1931

Graf Zeppelin over the Tower of David, Jerusalem. April 11, 1931. View full size. American Colony Photo Dept. Visit the Shorpy Zeppelin Hangar.

 

Zeppelin in Flight: 1908

Zeppelin in Flight: 1908

German airship in flight over the Bodensee. July 4, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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