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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

A Real Lifesaver: 1915

 A Real Lifesaver: 1915

"Man demonstrating ship rescue apparatus" circa 1915 somewhere near New York City. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Spinning Room: 1911

The Spinning Room: 1911

March 1911. Magnolia, Mississippi. "Magnolia Cotton Mills spinning room. See the little ones scattered through the mill. All work." View full size. Photograph (original glass negative) and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Pennyland: 1928

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Pennyland: 1928

1928. At the Glen Echo amusement park in Montgomery County, Maryland, near Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Dancing Queen: 1952

Dancing Queen: 1952

Big sister, a vision in turquoise tulle. Somewhere in the United States circa 1952. Found 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Set 2. View full size.

Yankees Hoops: 1923

Yankees Hoops: 1923

Washington, D.C. "Yankees, 1923." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Davis, Class of 1924

Davis, Class of 1924

Washington, D.C. "Davis, Gallaudet '24." Another Gallaudet University basketball player. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection.

 

Cal and Liz: 1927

Cal and Liz: 1927

April 28, 1927. "Tiny tot gives President Coolidge flood relief contribution. Little Elizabeth Anne Stitt, daughter of Theodore Stitt, Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, presents Mr. Coolidge with the first 'buddy' poppy of the season." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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