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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

Yardbirds: 1920

Yardbirds: 1920

Ruth St. Denis and husband Ted Shawn, of the Denishawn dance company, strike a pose circa 1920. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Scooby-Doo: 1967

Scooby-Doo: 1967

All five kids plus Tippy the wonder dog in Rochester, Indiana. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Peephole: 1864

Peephole: 1864

May 1864. "Virginia. Pontoon bridge across the North Anna River below Taylor's Bridge." Wet plate glass negative by Timothy O'Sullivan. View full size.

 

Caution: Sharp Car

Caution: Sharp Car

1962. It seems that parking places in Carmel, California were not designed with 1960 Cadillacs in mind. Lethal-looking enough to be giving my brother, mother and father second thoughts about jaywalking. 35mm Perutz slide. View full size.

The Housewife's Friend: 1915

The Housewife's Friend: 1915

"Kitchen Appliance." A three-burner Alcohol Utilities stove with griddle and toaster circa 1915. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Miamiamiami: 1960s

Miamiamiami: 1960s

Miami triple exposure. Early 60's Kodachrome. View full size.

Office Party: 1942

Office Party: 1942

Washington circa 1942. "Potomac Electric Power Co. Building. Air raid equipment and personnel." View full size. 8x10 safety negative by Theodor Horydczak.

 
 
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