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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Dome Gas: 1921

Dome Gas: 1921

"Dome Oil Co., Takoma Park." In Maryland in 1921, a gritty diorama of the Petroleum Age. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Big Steel: 1941

Big Steel: 1941

Nov. 1941. Etna, Pennsylvania. "Blast furnaces and ore at the Carnegie-Illinois Steel mills." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Bedspring Boys: 1917

Bedspring Boys: 1917

Boston, Massachusetts. January 25, 1917. "Boys linking bed-springs. 14 and 15 years old." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

East Room: 1920

East Room: 1920

East Room of the White House circa 1920. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Union Station: 1921

Union Station: 1921

Washington, D.C. "Union Station concourse. 1921 or 1922." I count at least six people in this time exposure. View full size. National Photo glass negative.

 

Leviathan: 1926

Leviathan: 1926

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1926. "Southern R.R. Co. Crescent Locomotive 1396." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Semaphore: 1920

Semaphore: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920s. "Union Station signals and tracks." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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