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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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Lassie, Get Help: 1923

Lassie, Get Help: 1923

January 19, 1923. "Dog Smoking." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Dog Catchers: 1924

Dog Catchers: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Dog catchers." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Army Elbow: 1942

Army Elbow: 1942

January 1942. Louisville, Kentucky. "Large pipe elbows for the Army are formed at Tube Turns Inc., by heating lengths of pipe with gas flames and forcing them around a die." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Detroit Electric: 1921

Detroit Electric: 1921

1921 or 1922. "Detroit Electric car at the State, War and Navy building in Washington." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Day Boy: 1913

Day Boy: 1913

Houston, October 1913. "Eleven-year-old Western Union messenger #51. J.T. Marshall. Been day boy here for five months. Goes to Red Light district some and knows some of the girls." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Baker Boys: 1917

The Baker Boys: 1917

April 1917. "Making bread. Pauls Valley Training School. Pauls Valley, Oklahoma." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

In the Kitchen: 1910

In the Kitchen: 1910

"Home economics in public schools. Kitchen in housekeeping flat, New York," circa 1910. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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