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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Jelly-Eggs n Kraut: 1942

Jelly-Eggs n Kraut: 1942

February 1942. "Don't let pretty labels on cans mislead you, but learn the difference between grades and the relative economy of buying larger instead of small cans. The Pure Food Law requires packers to state exact quantity and quality of canned products, so take advantage of this information and buy only after thorough inspection of labels." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Ann Rosener for the OWI. This woulda made a great Kodachrome.

 

My Little Pony: 1924

My Little Pony: 1924

October 11, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Toy department at Woodward & Lothrop." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Special Delivery: 1924

Special Delivery: 1924

Washington, D.C., mail delivery via Harley-Davidson motorcycle sidecar circa 1924. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Little Rascals: 1922

Little Rascals: 1922

September 7, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Children in costume on steps of sliding board." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Making Tracks: 1941

Making Tracks: 1941

December 1941. B.F. Goodrich factory at Akron. "Treads for Army halftracks, fresh from the curing press of a large Ohio tire plant. Grooves are buffed on the ends of the track section." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Looking Ahead: 1850

Looking Ahead: 1850

Circa 1850s sixth-plate daguerreotype, photographer unknown. "Unidentified boy and girl, three-quarter length, seated on upholstered bench." View full size.

 

Marshall House I: 1860s

Marshall House I: 1860s

Alexandria, Va., 1861-69. "The Marshall house, King & Pitt Streets." Wet plate glass negative, right half of stereo pair. Photographer unknown. View full size. Who'll be the first to put this together with its companion image in a very short flipbook and post it to YouTube? Or it could be an animated gif. Either way, we'd have the world's earliest (and shortest) HD movie.

 
 
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