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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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The Gate at Cramp's: 1900

The Gate at Cramp's: 1900

Circa 1900. "The Gate at Cramp's dry dock, Philadelphia." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hill Street: 1942

Hill Street: 1942

April 1942. "South Hill Street, Los Angeles." Now playing at the Warner: The Male Animal. Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Tree of Libity: 1937

The Tree of Libity: 1937

June 1937. "Mississippi grocery store." Another of Dorothea Lange's quirky-sign photos. Resettlement Administration nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Ledkote: 1956

Ledkote: 1956

June 26, 1956. "Ledkote Products Co., Vernon Boulevard, Astoria, Long Island. Office accounting department. Corydon M. Johnson Co., client." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Nash on Nails: 1922

Nash on Nails: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Lee Tire Co. test." The tire to get if you plan on driving over dozens of nails simultaneously. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Kiwi Bikers: 1920

Kiwi Bikers: 1920

New Zealand circa 1920. "Young men on motorcycles, probably Wanganui region." Ready to run some errands, and you'd better not get in the way. Or else they might be late. Tesla Studios glass negative. View full size.

 

Tenement Beautiful: 1921

Tenement Beautiful: 1921

        Before Urban Renewal, there was the Hyacinth Window Box.

March 1921. "City Gardens Club of New York exhibit at the International Flower Show, Grand Central Palace." From the Home Improvement issue of Better Hovels & Gardens. Gelatin silver print by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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