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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Gettysburg: 1913

Gettysburg: 1913

Boy Scouts at Gettysburg circa 1913 performing the time-honored camp ritual of water bucket to the head. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Secret of Scout Camp: 1925

The Secret of Scout Camp: 1925

"Boy Scouts, Camp Roosevelt." July 9, 1925. Just try to make them talk. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

A Show of Hands: 1925

A Show of Hands: 1925

July 9, 1925. "Boys Scouts at Camp Roosevelt." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Guard Camp: 1912

Guard Camp: 1912

1912. "National Guard camp. Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Provincetown Player: 1940

Provincetown Player: 1940

August 1940. "Local talent makes music on a Sunday afternoon under the soldiers' monument. Provincetown, Massachusetts." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Shutterbuggy: 1920

Shutterbuggy: 1920

The clarinetist Ross Gorman and daughter circa 1920 in New York City. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

The Tombs: 1907

The Tombs: 1907

"Tombs Prison N.Y." And Manhattan Criminal Courts Building in November 1907. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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