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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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Dog of War: 1862

Dog of War: 1862

1862. The Peninsula, Virginia. "Lt. George A. Custer with dog." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war, the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Mary Hoover: 1925

Mary Hoover: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Miss Mary B. Hoover." No further clues as to the significance of this person. [This just in: Miss Hoover is "an authority on the proper fitting of Children's shoes."] View full size. National Photo Company.

 

The Music Man: 1925

The Music Man: 1925

"Harlan Randall, 1925." At various times Harlan was a baritone with the Washington Opera and head of the music department at the University of Maryland. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Triangle Service Station: 1925

Triangle Service Station: 1925

1925. The Triangle Service Station in Arlington, Virginia, at Mount Vernon Avenue and Military Road. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Iced Tee: 1926

Iced Tee: 1926

July 9, 1926. "Golf and bathing suits." For the first day of summer, we revisit the lovely ladies seen here a few days ago strumming ukuleles. Now they're on the links with an early air-conditioned golf cart. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Big Muddy: 1942

Big Muddy: 1942

Fort Knox, June 1942. "Light tank going through water obstacle." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.

 

Band of Brothers: 1924

Band of Brothers: 1924

1924. "Children of Mrs. Milan Getling" (actually Getting). National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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