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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Cute as a Button: 1920

Cute as a Button: 1920

Or maybe cute as a bow. The Chester children, with Julie on the left, in Washington, D.C., 1920. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Street Scene: 1921

Street Scene: 1921

July 2, 1921. Another view of those straw-hatted boxing fans following the Dempsey-Carpentier fight from the Washington Star building in Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

The Big Fight: 1921

The Big Fight: 1921

Washington, D.C. July 2, 1921. Crowds at the Washington Star following the Dempsey-Carpentier fight in New Jersey, which was broadcast by "wireless telephone" back when relatively few people owned radios. Newspapers across the country that had receivers called out the results on the street or posted them on chalkboards. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Ballpark Figure: 1919

Ballpark Figure: 1919

Washington, D.C. October 10, 1919. "Girls' baseball." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Chicago: 1943

Chicago: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. "New York Central diesel switch engine moving freight cars at the South Water Street terminal of the Illinois Central R.R." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Sunday Best: 1941

Sunday Best: 1941

December 1941. Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. "Main street on Sunday." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the FSA.

 

Partners: 1941

Partners: 1941

September 1941. "Mr. and Mrs. William Gaynor, Farm Security Administration dairy farmers, near Fairfield, Vermont." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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