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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 • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Ray Schalk: 1924

Ray Schalk: 1924

"Schalk, Chicago, 1924." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Washday Blues: 1941

Washday Blues: 1941

April 1941. Washday in South Side Chicago. 35mm safety negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Akron: 1941

Akron: 1941

December 1941. Goodyear Aircraft, Akron, Ohio. "Formerly an aircraft dock, this huge building, thought to be the largest in the world with no interior supports, is now the scene of many busy shops turning out aircraft parts. Either new housing close to the plant or vastly improved public transportation will eventually have to be supplied, for the tires on the cars of the workers, and perhaps even the cars themselves, will in many instances give in before the end of the present emergency." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Can I Go Home Now?

Can I Go Home Now?

October 23, 1914. "Clark." I just know there's someone out there who can tell us exactly who this is. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. [Update: Clark (actually Clarke) was, in the words of the New York Times, the "brilliant freshman quarterback" who played for Brown University against Cornell at the Polo Grounds on October 24, 1914. No first name though.]

 

Pistons Aplenty: 1942

Pistons Aplenty: 1942

February 1942. "Aluminum casting. A woman's place in this large Midwest aluminum factory is on the inspection line. She's giving a final checkup on these aluminum pistons which are destined for use by America's armed forces. Destination of the finished aluminum products is kept secret. They'll probably end up as jeep or airplane engine parts. Aluminum Industries Inc., Cincinnati." Medium format nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the OWI. View full size.

 

Dead End: 1940

Dead End: 1940

May 1940. "Street in oldest part of town which is being torn down. St. Louis, Missouri." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

Champ for President: 1912

Champ for President: 1912

"Convention in session, 3 a.m." Supporters of House Speaker Champ Clark for president at the Democratic nominating convention in Baltimore, June 1912. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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