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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

The Decade of Hair

The Decade of Hair

We tend to think of the 1960s as the dawn of hair, which it was, but the 70s is when it went mainstream. Me and my brother in January 1974. It was also the decade of alternative pants, you'll notice. Got my trusty camera bag slung on my shoulder. 35mm Kodachrome. View Big Hair.

Meat Market: 1943

Meat Market: 1943

March 1943. Washington, D.C. Meat rationing at the A&P. "Harold Rowe, Office of Price Administration food rationing chief, sells meat to girl reporter at shopping preview of new program." View full size. Print of a photo by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. [Thanks to John D. for this sharp scan. - Dave]

Heeeeey, Batter Batter

Heeeeey, Batter Batter

"Santa Baby 1963" now in the early 1970's in Rochester, Indiana. Kodachrome. View full size.

Work Zone: 1860s

Work Zone: 1860s

Washington, D.C., circa 1860s. "Old Winder Building, 17th & F. St. NW." Wet plate glass negative. Brady-Handy Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Full Service: 1950s

Full Service: 1950s

Onalaska, Wisconsin, early 1950s, when full service was the rule. View full size.

20 Cents a Gallon: 1925

20 Cents a Gallon: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Texas Company, James Burke Station." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

That '70s Slideshow

That '70s Slideshow

First Holy Communion in 1971 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rochester, Indiana, from a 35mm slide. View full size.

 
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