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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Lucky Pups: 1938

Lucky Pups: 1938

November 1938. "Shafter Camp for migrants, California. Cotton picker's children who live in a tent in the government camp instead of along the highway or in a ditch." Photo by Dorothea Lange, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Ship-Shapers: 1905

Ship-Shapers: 1905

South Chicago circa 1905. "Steamer William E. Corey, interior of hold." An inside look at the bulk freighter seen earlier here. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

String of Pearls: 1941

String of Pearls: 1941

Detroit, summer 1941. Our third look at a series of photos taken by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. The first few are labeled "Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." Then the caption disappears, and the rest of the photos bear the notation "This image in jacket marked 'killed'." View full size.

 

Dog-Pounds: 1914

Dog-Pounds: 1914

1914. "Dogs in costume weighing 'baby' puppy on scale." The kittens are taking a break this week. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Short Commute: 1943

Short Commute: 1943

April 1943. Washington, D.C. "Little boy riding on a streetcar." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Toy Story: 1949

Toy Story: 1949

October 1949. "Cowboy entertainer Gene Autry posing with children's clothing and toys which have his name and/or image on them." Kodachrome from photos by Frank Bauman and Stanley Kubrick for Look magazine. View full size.

Kiwi-Haw: 1905

Kiwi-Haw: 1905

New Zealand circa 1905. "Eight young men in ragtag clothing with hats, pots, broom, shovel, accordion, pipes, gun and dog. Sumner, Christchurch." Five of these fun-loving hayseeds are the Myrtle Campers from this post. Glass negative by Adam Maclay, Alexander Turnbull Library. View full size.

 
 
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