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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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The Cowboy Kid: 1952

The Cowboy Kid: 1952

"Floyd, Loren, Dottie & Boots at Folks -- Jan 20 1952." From the shores of Lake Wobegon comes this latest installment of Minnesota Kodachromes. With Loren sporting six-gun sox. 35mm slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

Six Rooms & Bath: 1921

Six Rooms & Bath: 1921

4555 Grant Rd. N.W.

Between Conn. and Wisc. Aves.

BEAUTIFUL SUBURBAN HOME

        Convenient to both car lines. One-half acre of ground around property; 6 rooms and bath, large porches. A wonderful buy at

$8,000

Inspect This Bargain Now!

F.H. Smith Co.

815 15th St. N.W.
MAin 6464.

"4555 Grant Road." Photo used to illustrate an ad in the Nov. 5, 1921, real estate section of the Washington Times. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Golden Eagle: 1921

Golden Eagle: 1921

Sept. 26, 1921. "Ford tractor demonstration." Another look at the plowing bee held on the Washington, D.C., estate of former Maryland senator Blair Lee. A photo in the Washington Star identifies this young lady as "Miss Myrtle Lewton of Takoma, Md., Golden Eagle Girl Scout who received her decoration from the Queen of Belgium." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Gingham Style: 1943

Gingham Style: 1943

June 1943. "Arlington, Virginia. Girl getting food in the service shop at Idaho Hall, Arlington Farms, a residence for women who work for the U.S. government for the duration of the war. The shop help is run on a self-service basis." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Glamour Shot: 1947

Glamour Shot: 1947

New York, 1947. "Showgirls get the needle. Dancers from Billy Rose's Diamond Horseshoe nightclub being vaccinated by Dr. Jack Weinstock." New York World-Telegram and Sun Newspaper Photo Collection. View full size.

 

It's a Ford: 1921

It's a Ford: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Ford tractor demonstration." The fenced-in rock with "District of Columbia" plaque may be a clue to the venue. View full size.

 

Up From the Ashes: 1906

Up From the Ashes: 1906

San Francisco rebuilds after the devastating earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. 8½x6½ inch glass negative from Wyland Stanley Collection of San Francisco historical memorabilia later acquired by Marilyn Blaisdell. View full size.

 
 
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