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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 • CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Water Boys: 1926

Water Boys: 1926

"Lincoln Memorial. July 16, 1926." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Arlington: 1924

Arlington: 1924

May 30, 1924. "Memorial Day, Arlington National Cemetery." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Under Wraps: 1942

Under Wraps: 1942

June 1942. "Eight units in generator hall of a new addition to TVA's hydroelectric plant at Wilson Dam, Sheffield vicinity, Alabama." Much, if not most, of the energy from the huge Tennessee Valley Authority hydroelectric projects undertaken during the war was used to run the uranium enrichment plants at the government's secret atom-bomb facility in Oak Ridge. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Hats Off: 1920

Hats Off: 1920

Another circa 1920 shot of the stage and film actress Grace Valentine and that Packard Twin Six roadster. Starting in 1916, Grace was one of the players in a Vitagraph film serial called The Scarlet Runner, about young Christopher Race and his "super car," the Scarlet Runner. (The final installment of the 12 two-reel episodes was "The Car and the Girl.") While unfortunately no prints of the film are known to survive, the story still exists on paper, having been serialized in newspapers of the day. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

A Riot of Grays: 1923

A Riot of Grays: 1923

March 13, 1923. "Amaryllis Show, Department of Agriculture." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Amaryllis, Amaryllis: 1920

Amaryllis, Amaryllis: 1920

"Wildflowers of Palestine. Yellow amaryllis (Sternbergia Clusiana Gaul)." Circa 1920 dry plate glass stereograph. View full size. Matson Photo Service.

 

Dinner: 1923

Dinner: 1923

Washington, 1923. "Beef in storage." View full size. National Photo Company.

 
 
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