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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

Agnus Dei: 1865

Agnus Dei: 1865

April 1865. Petersburg, Virginia. "Dead Confederate soldier." Wet plate glass negative, right half of stereo pair, by Thomas C. Roche. View full size.

 

Lux Aeterna: 1865

Lux Aeterna: 1865

April 3, 1865. Petersburg, Virginia. "Dead Confederate soldier in trenches of Fort Mahone." Wet plate glass negative, right half of stereo pair, by Thomas C. Roche. Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Working Girls: 1912

Working Girls: 1912

May 1912. Aragon Mills in Rock Hill, S.C. "Getting a last glimpse of out-doors before going to work at 1 o'clock." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Clown Hospital: 1923

Clown Hospital: 1923

May 1, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Children's Hospital Circus." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Pete Seeger: 1944

Pete Seeger: 1944

February 1944. Pete Seeger singing at a Valentine's Day party to mark the opening of the United Federal Labor Canteen in Washington. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Joseph Horne for the Office of War Information.

 

Three-Ring Circus: 1913

Three-Ring Circus: 1913

New York. March 21, 1913. Preparing for Circus Week at Madison Square Garden. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Railroad Avenue: 1925

Railroad Avenue: 1925

1925. Washington, D.C. "Texas Co., Minute Service Station No. 8, Twining City." (Transcribed as "Turnning City" by the LOC.) Pennsylvania Avenue at Railroad Avenue S.E. near the Sousa Bridge. The pumps are marked Standard and Amoco. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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