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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 • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Tipping Point: 1922

Tipping Point: 1922

November 1922. Washington, D.C. "Auto wreck." Who'll be first to pinpoint the intersection? National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Troll Hole: 1939

Troll Hole: 1939

1939. "Georgia Central Railway Bridge, Railroad Street, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. Schwab and Mueller, engineers, 1848-1858." Another view of the span seen here. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Dairy Motor Maid: 1943

Dairy Motor Maid: 1943

June 1943. Bryn Mawr, Pa. "Mrs. Helen Joyce, one of the many women now working for the Supplee-Wills-Jones Milk Co. She has one child and her husband is a seaman first class in the Navy." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

King Street: 1910

King Street: 1910

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1910. "King Street, south." Among the merch­ants vying for your trade are a Bible depository, Victor Talking Machines dealer and branch of the "Wide Awake" store. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Jazz Arms: 1930

Jazz Arms: 1930

April 25, 1930. New York. "Choreographer Sarah Mildred Strauss and pupils." Cue "Rhapsody in Gray." Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Tiny Seamstress: 1924

Tiny Seamstress: 1924

March 1924. "Tenement homework. Pictures taken in connection with invest­igation (see report TE-NY-39)." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Come On Down: 1905

Come On Down: 1905

Pittsburgh circa 1905. "Monongahela Incline up Mount Washington." A funicular railway that ran until 1935. The freight incline is on the left. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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