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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 • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Ore Hoists: 1900

Ore  Hoists: 1900

Lake Erie circa 1900. "Unloading ore at Conneaut, Ohio. Brown conveying hoists." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Home Front: 1918

The Home Front: 1918

        The spherical tree, the scattershot expressions, the faint undercurrent of anomie and alienation -- yes, it's our annual holiday dispatch from the family of Washington, D.C., lawyer Raymond Dickey, who has a decade's worth of Christmases preserved in the archives of the National Photo Company. Their 1918 portrait, with an Army surgeon and map of World War I Europe, is even more dire than usual.

"Dickey Christmas tree -- 1918." 8x6 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Traffic Channel Control: 1942

Traffic Channel Control: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "U.S. Office of Defense Transportation system of port control and its traffic channel control." IBM printer connected to a punch card machine. Photo by Albert Freeman, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Imperial Wizard: 1957

Imperial Wizard: 1957

February 1957. "U.S. Klans Imperial Wizard Eldon Edwards posed in his official robes at home." Photo by Jay B. Leviton for Look magazine. View full size.

Pilot Project: 1938

Pilot Project: 1938

May 16, 1938. "National Airmail Week essay winners at Washington Airport." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

High Class Milk Bar: 1935

High Class Milk Bar: 1935

New Zealand circa 1935. "Milk Bar at the Opera House, Manners Street, Wellington. Next door to Plaza Theatre." Photo by Gordon Burt. View full size.

 

Vanishing Point: 1943

Vanishing Point: 1943

March 1943. "On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Belen and Gallup, New Mexico." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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