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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

South Pacific: 1958

South Pacific: 1958

1958. "Swimmers listening to radio and relaxing at Oriental Bay Beach, Wellington, New Zealand." Evening Post photo archive. View full size.

Peas Train: 1942

Peas Train: 1942

Sept. 1942. "Special train carrying agricultural workers to upper New York state to work in the harvest." Our second look at the high schoolers recruited by the Farm Security Administration amid a wartime labor shortage to travel from Richwood, West Virginia, to Batavia, New York, to help bring in the fall harvest of tomatoes, apples and other crops. Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Charlie's Car: 1948

Charlie's Car: 1948

"Charlie Ransom's car 1948." A big Chrysler that looks like it just came from the orthodontist. Our latest scan from a batch of Kodachrome slides taken in Bay County, Michigan, around Pinconning. View full size.

Moving Pictures: 1900

Moving Pictures: 1900

"1899 or 1902. Lackawanna photo car." Detroit Photographic's rolling studio-darkroom-showroom. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

The Upper Hand: 1941

The Upper Hand: 1941

Detroit. "Summer 1941. Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." Our second look at a series of photos taken by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. What game, exactly, are these girls up to? View full size.

 

Super Wasp: 1930

Super Wasp: 1930

        UPDATE: This is Dr. William C. Fowler, "health officer of Washington, D.C.," probably in 1924.

May-June 1930. Washington, D.C. "Man with radio." Or is it the other way around? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Swinger: 1954

Swinger: 1954

November 23, 1954. "Actor James Dean in front of old building." From photographs by Maurice Terrell used in the postmortem (1956) Look magazine profile "James Dean: The Legend and the Facts." View full size.

 
 
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