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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 • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Photographers' Special: 1904

Photographers' Special: 1904

Vermont circa 1904. "Summit Cut, Green Mountains. Rutland R.R. Photographers' Special." A long shot of the engine seen here hauling a carload of shutterbugs. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Puppy Prodigy: 1914

Puppy Prodigy: 1914

1914. "Dog wearing dress, posed with miniature violin and sheet music on stand." Playing the Inverted Waltz. Photo by Harry Whittier Frees. View full size.

 

High Voltage: 1934

High Voltage: 1934

June 1934. "Nebraska State Capitol at Lincoln. Transformers." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Civil War Scouts: 1865

Civil War Scouts: 1865

1865. "City Point, Virginia. Scouts at Secret Service headquarters in the last months of the war." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Arriviste: 1922

Arriviste: 1922

        UPDATE: A Washington Post news item identifies this as a Custer "Cootie Car."

Jan. 22, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Woman in three-wheeled vehicle." The electric chair last spied here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The People's Voice: 1942

The People's Voice: 1942

1942. Our second example from Albert Fenn's record of "the life of Negroes in New York." Like the majority of the more than 150 photos in this collection from the OWI archive, this one has no caption. But there are clues. View full size.

 

The Silence: 1923

The Silence: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Mutton in cold storage." Hangin and chillin, yo. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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