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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

Mating Operation: 1942

Mating Operation: 1942

February 1942. Firestone Rubber plant in Akron, Ohio. "Conversion. Beverage containers to aviation oxygen cylinders. Before completion of the fourth and final welding operation in the manufacture of shatterproof oxygen cylinders for high altitude flying, all straps are subjected to physical tests to determine the strength of the weld. Occasional radiographic inspections are made to insure the quality of workmanship after the two halves of the cylinder are brought together in this atomic welding machine and made one unit. Here, the operator has just completed the union and is about to remove the whole cylinder." 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Ran With Scissors: 1925

Ran With Scissors: 1925

October 29, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Melvin Jones, 5, who pierced heart with scissors." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

The River: 1864

The River: 1864

May 1864. North Anna River, Virginia. "Soldiers bathing. Ruins of Richmond & Fredericksburg railroad bridge in the distance." Wet plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair, by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Nelliephant: 1925

Nelliephant: 1925

April 22, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Nellie, pet of Johnny J. Jones Circus." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Frankie!

Frankie!

Our third look at the Holiday Shop record and camera store in Roeland Park, Kansas, circa 1950. Frank Sinatra is pictured on the wall. View full size.

Happy Birthday Birthday

Happy Birthday Birthday

Mom plays "pass the baby brother" and my sister yuks it up with Uncle Don in Gary, Indiana. Meanwhile, the mantel is sideways at the house on Bass Lake in this double exposure. From early 1960's Kodachrome. View full size.

Barbie Christmas: 1964

Barbie Christmas: 1964

Barbie was made out to be some sort of vixen on those carrying cases, huh? View full size.

 
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