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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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How to Stand on Your Head

How to Stand on Your Head

Method 1: Make use of your poise, balance and coordination.
Method 2: Lacking any of those, make use of your big sister.
A pair of Kodachromes shot by my brother on our lawn in 1955. View full size.

Radio Men: 1928

Radio Men: 1928

The Atwater Kent radio factory in Philadelphia in 1928 or 1929. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

The Libertines: 1912

The Libertines: 1912

New York, December 1911. "Mrs. Lucy Libertine and family: Johnnie, 4 years old; Mary, 6 years; Millie, 9 years, picking nuts in the basement tenement, 143 Hudson Street. Mary was standing in the open mouth of the bag holding the cracked nuts (to be picked), with her dirty street shoes on, and using a huge dirty jackknife. On the right is the cobbler's bench used by shoemaker in this room. They live in dark inner bedrooms, and filth abounds in all the room and in the dark, damp entry." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

70 Borden Street: 1912

70 Borden Street: 1912

November 1912. Providence, Rhode Island. "Privies and clothesline, 70 Borden Street. For child welfare exhibit." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Our Heaven Born Banner: 1861

Our Heaven Born Banner: 1861

1861. "A pro-Union patriotic print based on Frederic Edwin Church's oil painting 'Our Banner in the Sky,' which in turn was inspired by the highly publicized Confederate insult to the flag at Fort Sumter in April 1861 and by a sermon by Henry Ward Beecher published shortly thereafter. The print shows a lone Zouave sentry watching from a promontory as the dawn breaks, his rifle and bayonet forming the staff of an American flag formed by the sky's light. In the distance is a fort, probably Sumter." Lithograph by Sarony, Major & Knapp. View full size.

 

Fourth of July: 1973

Fourth of July: 1973

July 4, 1973. My niece and nephews with sparklers. View full size.

Summer Games: 1938

Summer Games: 1938

July 1938. Ashville, Ohio. "Wrestling matches at the Fourth of July celebration." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the FSA.

 
 
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