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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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Teddy Bear Stuffer: 1908

Teddy Bear Stuffer: 1908

New York, 1908. "Stuffing a Teddy Bear." View full size. 8x10 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. One of several bear-stuffing photos from the Bain archive.

 

Foxy Lady: 1915

Foxy Lady: 1915

December 12, 1915. "Mrs. Raymond Belmont." In a court case that dragged on for years, Mrs. Belmont, the former chorus girl Ethel Loraine, sued her husband, of the banking and equestrian dynasty, for desertion when he abandoned her eight days after their wedding. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Over the Line: 1924

Over the Line: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "High school track meet, Central Stadium." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

M-3s in Action: 1942

M-3s in Action: 1942

June 1942. "M-3 tanks in action. Fort Knox, Kentucky." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Sells After School: 1913

Sells After School: 1913

October 1913. San Antonio, Texas. "Lionel Perry, 9-year-old newsboy. Starts out at 5 a.m. usually, 4 a.m. on Sundays. Sells after school." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee.

 

Harpers Ferry: 1865

Harpers Ferry: 1865

1865. "Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. View of Maryland Heights at confluence of Shenandoah and Potomac rivers." Wet plate glass negative (detail) by James Gardner. Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Rockers: 1922

Rockers: 1922

Vienna, Virginia, circa 1922. Summer residence of Iowa senator William S. Kenyon and family. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 
 
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