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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.

 
 
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Off Course: 1942

Off Course: 1942

Circa 1942. "U.S. Navy -- inflatable raft." Just add water. View full size.

 

No Loafing: 1903

No Loafing: 1903

The Knoxville, Tennessee, courthouse circa 1903. With signage advising "Keep Off the Grass," "No Loafing," "Drink Hickman's Coffee" and "Chew Ram's Horn Tobacco." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Information Room: 1943

The Information Room: 1943

January 1943. "Information room at the Union Station, Chicago." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Dork Dynasty: 1910

Dork Dynasty: 1910

No slapdash campsite for these circa 1910 New Zealand outdoorsmen: "Unidentified men sitting between two open tents with beds, tables, pictures, flags and posters on the walls, and Gaiety Camp sign, quoits game in front, pine trees behind. Sumner, Christchurch." Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Easier Living: 1951

Easier Living: 1951

October 12, 1951. Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y. "Statton Modern at John Wanamaker. Russel Wright bedroom group. Auerbach Agency, client." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Daisy Darling Pet: 1926

Daisy Darling Pet: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Dog cemetery." Intimations of canine mortality. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Migrant Moppets: 1937

Migrant Moppets: 1937

March 1937. "Migrant children from Oklahoma on California highway." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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