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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Fender Bendee: 1921

Fender Bendee: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Potomac Sales Co., wreck." Just up the alley from P. McKeown, Horse Shoer. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

The Doors of Perception: 1943

The Doors of Perception: 1943

March 1943. "View from caboose on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Belen and Gallup, New Mexico." Next stop, Infinity. Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Paler Shade of White: 1959

A Paler Shade of White: 1959

January 1959. "Majority of photographs concern Dr. John O. Brown, Negro ophthalmologist, and his family, and depicts various forms of racial segregation and integration in Miami. Second part of the job shows Bud and Pat Boyett, with children Vic and Becky, vacationing in Florida." 35mm Kodachrome by Frank Bauman for the Look magazine assignments "Expanding Florida" and "The Negro in Florida: One Man's Progress and the Fight Ahead." View full size.

Women Wipers: 1943

Women Wipers: 1943

May 1943. Clinton, Iowa. "Women wipers of the Chicago & North Western Railroad going out to work on an engine at the roundhouse." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Game Day: MCMXIII

Game Day: MCMXIII

1913. Annapolis, Maryland. "U.S. Naval Academy football team." With chalked-on jersey numbers. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Navy Football: 1913

Navy Football: 1913

1913. Annapolis, Maryland. "U.S. Naval Academy football team." Composite of two 5x7 glass negatives by Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

F Street: 1906

F Street: 1906

F Street Northwest in Washington, D.C., circa 1906. Note the Harris & Ewing photographic studio, source of many of our images here on Shorpy, at left. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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