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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Canoe Rental: 1925

Canoe Rental: 1925

"Yocum canoe house, Arlington Beach Park, Virginia, 1925." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Four Belles: 1923

Four Belles: 1923

May 23, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Shrine relay team at Potomac bathing beach." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Back at the Diner: 1939

Back at the Diner: 1939

May 1939. "Man in hamburger stand. Alpine, Texas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

A Day at the Beach: 1924

A Day at the Beach: 1924

"Potomac bathing beach. June 19, 1924." In case anyone needed reminding: No horseplay will be tolerated. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

My New Olds: 1922

My New Olds: 1922

1922. "Milan and Oldsmobile." Washington Nationals manager Clyde Milan. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

X-Man: 1909

X-Man: 1909

February 12, 1909. "James Clarke, winner of Brooklyn Marathon, with others." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Beer for Rent: 1943

Beer for Rent: 1943

March 1943. "Raceland, Louisiana. U.S. Highway 90." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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