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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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Scenic Saginaw: 1908

Scenic Saginaw: 1908

Saginaw, Michigan, circa 1908. "Hoyt Library." With a number of hazards for the unwary pedestrian. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

What a Dump: 1911

What a Dump: 1911

November 13, 1911. "New York streets during garbage strike." Note ashcans full of actual ashes. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Chalmers Castle: 1937

Chalmers Castle: 1937

1937. Charleston, South Carolina. "Old Armory, 8 Chalmers Street. Original structure dates to 1851. Deutschen Feuer Kompagnie until merged with city fire department, then Engine House No. 1 by 1881; Carolina Light Infantry armory until 1907; then Good Samaritan Hall and Embry Mission. Abuts Old Slave Market." 8x10 acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Washington National: 1941

Washington National: 1941

Arlington County, Va., circa 1941. "National Airport. Plane in front of passenger terminal and control tower." Photo by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Up a Tree: 1921

Up a Tree: 1921

January 20, 1921. Washington, D.C. "American Forestry Assn. bird house contest." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Under the Hood: 1943

Under the Hood: 1943

June 1943. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Miss Frances Heisler, a garage attendant at one of the Atlantic Refining Company garages. She was formerly a clerk in the payroll department of Curtis Publishing." Our fourth visit to this gas station. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Vise Grip: 1942

Vise Grip: 1942

July 1942. "Wrestling at U.S. Naval Academy." Our second look at the manly midshipmen of Annapolis as snapped by "Lieutenant Whitman." View full size.

 
 
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