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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.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Self-Service: 1920

Self-Service: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Nation's Business." Back at the filling station seen here yesterday. 8x10 inch glass negative by Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

It Is the Fad: 1905

It Is the Fad: 1905

        IT IS THE FAD — YOUR PICTURE IN AN AUTO, 10¢

Circa 1905. "Along the boulevard -- Revere Beach, Massachusetts." Note the sign at the tintype photo parlor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Queen of Clubs: 1914

Queen of Clubs: 1914

1914. "Illustration for McClure's magazine." (Disclaimer: No models were harmed in the making of this picture.) Glass negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Working Moms: 1944

Working Moms: 1944

May 1944. New York. "Two working mothers calling for children at Greenwich House, a neighborhood center, where they have left them early in the morning for day care." Photo by Risdon Tillery, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Filtered Gasoline: 1920

Filtered Gasoline: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Nation's Business." A photo made by Harris & Ewing for that magazine, giving an unusually detailed look at the gas station (and gas pump) of a century ago. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Shepherd of the Hills: 1952

Shepherd of the Hills: 1952

"Shepherd of the Hills Country - 7 Oct 1952." Hubert & Grace's DeSoto has a starring role in the latest "away" episode of Minnesota Kodachromes, parked somewhere near Branson, Missouri. Color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

 

The Caregiver: 1914

The Caregiver: 1914

November 18, 1914. "Mrs. George Creel, baby of, portrait photograph." Little Frances Creel, daughter of the writer George Creel and actress Blanche Bates, and an anonymous extra. 5x7 glass negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 
 
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