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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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Fifteenth and F: 1921

Fifteenth and F: 1921

Washington, D.C. "Jordan Piano Co." 15th and F Streets NW at the Treasury building. The LOC date range here is "1920 or 1921." Who can date the Saturday Evening Post cover? National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Minute Service No. 2

Minute Service No. 2

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Minute Service Station, Georgia Avenue N.W." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Going Back: 1942

Going Back: 1942

1942. "Road out of Romney, West Virginia." 35mm color transparency by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Mule Spinner: 1909

Mule Spinner: 1909

April 1909. Fiskeville, Rhode Island. "John Dempsey. Looked 11 or 12 years old. Said he helped only on Saturdays. Jackson Mill, one of the B.B. and R. Knight mills. He was working faithfully in the mule-spinning room, a dangerous place for boys." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Sentinel: 1942

The Sentinel: 1942

New Orleans, July 1942. "Coast Guardsman standing watch over 78-foot torpedo boat. Continual watch is kept. Higgins Industries Inc." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

Born to Run: 1928

Born to Run: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Boys standing next to automobile." A Ford with congressional plates. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Girls' Training Table: 1923

Girls' Training Table: 1923

Washington circa 1923. "Training table, Eastern High School." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 
 
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