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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 • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Rags, Bones, Bottles

Rags, Bones, Bottles

Circa 1920. "Unidentified buildings, possibly movie set, associated with Famous Players-Lasky." This seriously askew alleyway has a Dickensian-Disneyesque vibe. (Also: "I love Myrtle.") Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Allwite Morning: 1942

Allwite Morning: 1942

September 1942. "New York. Third Avenue elevated railway station in the Seventies at 8:30 a.m." America's Favorite at the "Guess It" scales. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Little Pete: 1921

Little Pete: 1921

    Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94

May 23, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Professor Charles Louis Seeger and family." Charles Seeger, wife Constance Edson Seeger and their 2-year-old son Pete, of future folkie fame. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Join Us: 1942

Join Us: 1942

December 1942. "New York. Corset display at R.H. Macy & Co. department store during the week before Christmas." Behold the $12.29 "average figure" corselette. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Rugged Ruggers: 1890

Rugged Ruggers: 1890

Wellington, New Zealand, 1890. "Post and Telegraph Department football team with men in rugby football kit. Postmaster William Copeland seated behind man with ball." Glass negative by Frederick James Halse. View full size.

 

Bedtime Story: 1914

Bedtime Story: 1914

1914. "Three kittens in nightclothes, gathered around candlestick." Just the thing to lull you to sleep. Or keep you awake. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

The Eerie Orb: 1925

The Eerie Orb: 1925

April-May 1925. Washington, D.C. "NO CAPTION." If you stare at this long enough, you really don't need a caption ... caption ... caption ... caption ... Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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