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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

Forward Pass: 1923

Forward Pass: 1923

"Push Ball, U.S.A." A game of pushball at Central Stadium in Washington circa 1923. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Little Teddy: 1924

Little Teddy: 1924

March 22, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Theodore Roosevelt III, boxing." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Twins: 1939

Twins: 1939

February 1939. "Child of migratory packinghouse workers. Belle Glade, Florida." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA.

 

Left and Right: 1922

Left and Right: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Auto accident." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Bat Nelson: 1911

Bat Nelson: 1911

Lightweight boxing champ "Bat" Nelson in 1911. After retiring from the ring, Bat (short for Battling; aka the Durable Dane, born Oscar Nielsen) dabbled in fight promotion and vaudeville. In January 1954, "a pathetic little man of 80 pounds, his mind a complete blank," Bat was committed to the Chicago State Hospital; a month later he was dead of lung cancer at age 71. With 68 wins, 19 draws and 19 losses, Bat once said that although he had "lost several fights," he had never been beaten. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

A Boy and His Dog: 1904

A Boy and His Dog: 1904

1904. "Boy with dog." Oceanside, Long Island. 8x10 dry plate glass negative by the pioneering portrait photographer Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

 

Haifa Tank Farm: 1937

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Haifa Tank Farm: 1937

British Mandate Palestine circa 1937. "Shell oil tanks near Haifa close up." 5x7 dry plate glass negative, Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 
 
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