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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Ruth at Rest: 1943

Ruth at Rest: 1943

June 1943. "Turkey Pond, near Concord, New Hampshire. Women workers employed by a Department of Agriculture timber salvage sawmill. Ruth De Roche, 18-year-old 'pit woman,' resting her head on her lunch pail during the lunch hour." Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Web: 1924

The Web: 1924

1924. Washington, D.C. "In recognition of his having conducted the most successful radio exhibition in the U.S., Alfred Stern, director of Washington's first radio exposition, was presented with this elaborate loop antenna by Dr. J. Harris Rogers, famous inventor. It is estimated that 50,000 persons attended this exhibition." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Satchel Paige: 1952

Satchel Paige: 1952

Sept. 1952. "St. Louis Browns pitcher Satchel Paige." Sporting Brownie the Elf. Kodachrome by Look magazine staff photographer Bob Lerner. View full size.

 

Magnolia-sur-Mer: 1906

Magnolia-sur-Mer: 1906

Circa 1906. "The bathing beach at Magnolia, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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