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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

Washington National: 1941

Washington National: 1941

Arlington County, Va., circa 1941. "National Airport. Plane in front of passenger terminal and control tower." Photo by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Up a Tree: 1921

Up a Tree: 1921

January 20, 1921. Washington, D.C. "American Forestry Assn. bird house contest." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Under the Hood: 1943

Under the Hood: 1943

June 1943. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Miss Frances Heisler, a garage attendant at one of the Atlantic Refining Company garages. She was formerly a clerk in the payroll department of Curtis Publishing." Our fourth visit to this gas station. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Vise Grip: 1942

Vise Grip: 1942

July 1942. "Wrestling at U.S. Naval Academy." Our second look at the manly midshipmen of Annapolis as snapped by "Lieutenant Whitman." View full size.

 

Longfellow Bridge: 1908

Longfellow Bridge: 1908

Circa 1908. "West Boston Bridge, Boston, Massachusetts." The "Salt-and-Pepper Bridge" over the Charles River. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Victorian Vines: 1910

Victorian Vines: 1910

Detroit circa 1910. "Bagley Homestead -- Michigan Conservatory of Music." Former abode of Michigan Governor John Judson Bagley (1832-1881). 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Charley Humble: 1913

Charley Humble: 1913

May 1913. Randleman, N.C. "Charley Humble. Said he was 10 years old. Has a regular job. Been helping his sister for some months in the Deep River Mills. Mother and sister work. Father deserted." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 
 
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