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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

Bejeweled: 1953

Bejeweled: 1953

1953. A glittery Marilyn Monroe along with Betty Grable, Lauren Bacall and other assorted lovelies in a publicity still for the Technicolor extravaganza "How to Marry a Millionaire." Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Diesel Freight: 1943

Diesel Freight: 1943

March 1943. "Flagstaff, Arizona. Diesel locomotive entering town along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Winslow and Seligman." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Victory: 1943

Victory: 1943

May 1943. Baltimore, Maryland. "Electric welders working on the Liberty ship Frederick Douglass at the Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards." Photo by Roger Smith for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Crowded Field: 1943

A Crowded Field: 1943

May 1943. "Pimlico racetrack near Baltimore, Maryland. Parked cars in spite of gas ration." Photo by Arthur Siegel, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Record Time: 1943

Record Time: 1943

June 1943. "Arlington, Virginia. Girl in her room playing phonograph at Arlington Farms, a residence for women who work in the government for the duration of the war." Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Barry Farm: 1944

Barry Farm: 1944

April 28, 1944. "Barry Farm housing development, Washington, D.C. Street view II." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Kitchen Klatch: 1959

Kitchen Klatch: 1959

January 1959. In this prequel gathering of the California Picnic group here, we have Ruby Lee and her hubby (back right), their daughter Peggy (def. too young to drink) cozying up to declared hottie Clay (who is not Thomas Cave a.k.a Mr. 535-07-5248) as his wife gamely looks on. Part of the Humphries Family Kodachrome collection. View full size.

 
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