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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

Cops Don't Stop Me: 1913

Cops Don't Stop Me: 1913

Houston, October 1913. Marion Davis, Messenger #21 for Bellevue Messenger Service. Fourteen years old. "Been messenger, off and on, for two years. Not supposed to go to the Reservation [Red Light] under sixteen years, but I do just the same. The boss don't care and the cops don't stop me." View full size. Photograph and caption by the indefatigable Lewis Wickes Hine.

Fashion Victims: 1924

Fashion Victims: 1924

August 18, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Miss Beatrice Beck, daughter of Solicitor General James M. Beck." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Dog of War: 1862

Dog of War: 1862

1862. The Peninsula, Virginia. "Lt. George A. Custer with dog." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war, the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Mary Hoover: 1925

Mary Hoover: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Miss Mary B. Hoover." No further clues as to the significance of this person. [This just in: Miss Hoover is "an authority on the proper fitting of Children's shoes."] View full size. National Photo Company.

 

The Music Man: 1925

The Music Man: 1925

"Harlan Randall, 1925." At various times Harlan was a baritone with the Washington Opera and head of the music department at the University of Maryland. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Triangle Service Station: 1925

Triangle Service Station: 1925

1925. The Triangle Service Station in Arlington, Virginia, at Mount Vernon Avenue and Military Road. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Iced Tee: 1926

Iced Tee: 1926

July 9, 1926. "Golf and bathing suits." For the first day of summer, we revisit the lovely ladies seen here a few days ago strumming ukuleles. Now they're on the links with an early air-conditioned golf cart. View full size. National Photo Co.

 
 
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