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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

Song Catcher: 1916

Song Catcher: 1916

February 9, 1916. "Mountain Chief of Piegan Blackfeet making phonographic record at Smithsonian." The interviewer is ethnologist Frances Densmore. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Rice Princesses: 1938

Rice Princesses: 1938

October 1938. "Princesses on float at the National Rice Festival parade. Crowley, Louisiana." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Step Right Up: 1917

Step Right Up: 1917

New York, 1917. "Examination on Recruit." Our inductee gets weighed aboard the "landship" in Union Square. View full size. Geo. Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Travelers: 1943

The Travelers: 1943

May 1943. Peso-brandishing beet harvesters brought north from Mexico by the Farm Security Administration during World War 2. View full size. OWI photo.

 

Learning to Fly: 1942

Learning to Fly: 1942

May 1942. Parris Island, South Carolina. "Marine lieutenant glider pilot in training at Page Field." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency: Alfred Palmer.

 

Burning Sands: 1932

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Burning Sands: 1932

September 1932. "Iraq oil fields. Man with fires in desert." American Colony Photo Department, Matson Photo Collection. View full size.

 

Minute Service Station: 1925

Minute Service Station: 1925

1925. "Minute Service Station No. 3, 10th and E Streets N.W." A Standard Oil gas station in Washington, D.C. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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