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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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U.S.O. Canteen: 1943

U.S.O. Canteen: 1943

Sept. 3, 1943. "Harrisburg, Pa., U.S.O. -- Pennsylvania Railroad Canteen & Lounge, interior." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Mr. Hi-Fi of 1955

Mr. Hi-Fi of 1955

April 1955. "Duke Ellington and band members playing baseball in front of their segregated motel while touring in Florida." Who'll be first to locate the Astor? From photos by Charlotte Brooks (who died this month at age 95) for the Look magazine assignment "A Living Legend Swings On." View full size.

Radio Barber: 1922

Radio Barber: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Coin-operated radio in barbershop." Seen earlier outdoors. A closeup of the instructions for the set, provided by American Field Glass Service (which also supplied, we would guess, coin-operated binoculars and telescopes) can be seen here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The New Nickelodeon: 1922

The New Nickelodeon: 1922

Washington circa 1922. "Coin-operated radio outside barbershop." Now's your chance to hear what all the fuss is about. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

The Gate at Cramp's: 1900

The Gate at Cramp's: 1900

Circa 1900. "The Gate at Cramp's dry dock, Philadelphia." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hill Street: 1942

Hill Street: 1942

April 1942. "South Hill Street, Los Angeles." Now playing at the Warner: The Male Animal. Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Tree of Libity: 1937

The Tree of Libity: 1937

June 1937. "Mississippi grocery store." Another of Dorothea Lange's quirky-sign photos. Resettlement Administration nitrate negative. View full size.

 
 
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