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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

Bingo: 1938

Bingo: 1938

November 1938. "Women playing bingo, a very popular game at the state fair. Donaldsonville, Louisiana." View full size. 35mm negative by Russell Lee.

 

Queen of the Mustangs: 1966

Queen of the Mustangs: 1966

July 4, 1966. Twin Cities Fourth of July Parade on Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur, California. And if two brand-new, dealer stock Mustangs weren't enough, an early Studebaker Lark in the used car lot. The other Twin City was neighboring Corte Madera. My Ektachrome slide. View full size.

Liberty Market: 1920

Liberty Market: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Northern Liberty Market (Convention Hall Market) at Fifth and K." National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Tell Me Where It Hurts: 1920

Tell Me Where It Hurts: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Mike Martin and 'Bob' Grody." Martin was a baseball coach who had his own brand of liniment. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Liberty National: 1920

Liberty National: 1920

March 1920. Liberty National Bank at the intersection of I and 15th N.W. in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Lust Girls: 1919

Lust Girls: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Sidney Lust girls." Chorus girls at Sidney Lust's Leader Theater. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

3,000 Miles: 1919

3,000 Miles: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Firestone 3,000-mile tires." Presumably after those grueling 3K miles. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. I like the shadows and detail here. Old-school photography combined with digital processing can produce some striking results.

 
 
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