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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.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Round House: 1943

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Round House: 1943

        Somewhere in North Africa, with Carl Spaatz leading the group on the right.

Circa 1943, another look at the Dymaxion Deployment Units last seen here. In this view, corrugated steel with a glint of brass. Note the book (?) on the shelf. Office of War Information, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Rockledge Greenway: 1897

Rockledge Greenway: 1897

Florida circa 1897. "Road near Rockledge." 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson. Note the giant plate carrier held by his assistant. View full size.

 

Whaleback: 1910

Whaleback: 1910

Circa 1910. "Whaleback barge entering Weitzel Lock, Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Yosemite High: 1961

Yosemite High: 1961

Spring 1961. My brother was just completing his first year teaching English at a Sacramento, California area high school and accompanied some of his students on a trip to Yosemite, where he snapped this Kodachrome slide. Coincidentally, I was completing my first year as a high schooler, and can therefore testify to the authenticity of the garb. View full size.

Hat-Mart: 1915

Hat-Mart: 1915

New Zealand, 1915. "Display cases in the Economic drapery store, Wanganui." Tesla Studios glass negative by Frank J. Denton. View full size.

 

First the Paperwork: 1913

First the Paperwork: 1913

June 1913. "Child Labor Scholarship. Boy securing his weekly allowance from the New York Child Labor Committee, that permits his presence in school." Is it hard to concentrate with the Internet staring at you? Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Officer Pods: 1943

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Officer Pods: 1943

From around 1943 comes this uncaptioned photo, somewhere in North Africa, of Dymax­ion Deployment Units. The prefab huts, used here as officers' quarters, were based on Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion House, "metal adapted corn bin, built by Butler Brothers, Kansas City." Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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