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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

Pony Ballet: 1925

Pony Ballet: 1925

December 22, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Dick Nash, Pony Ballet." (My first thought on seeing this: How did my vacation photos end up on the Internet?) 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Water Nymphet: 1925

Water Nymphet: 1925

June 30, 1925. "Miss Dorothy Brautigam of the National American Ballet." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Shipshape: 1917

Shipshape: 1917

New York, 1917. "Washday on landship Recruit." Sailors doing their laundry on the Navy's pretend battleship moored at Union Square, used for recruiting during World War I. In back is the Automatic Vaudeville penny arcade, two of whose backers -- Marcus Loew and Adolph Zukor -- went on to found Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer and Paramount Pictures after a few years in the nickelodeon business. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

1950s Record Store

1950s Record Store

Interior of the Holiday Shop record and camera store at the Roeland Park Shopping Center in Roeland Park, Kansas. View full size. [A fascinating member-submitted photo. Just the thing for a Saturday night. Like a number of the commenters below, I would place the date here around 1950-51. - Dave]

Cops Don't Stop Me: 1913

Cops Don't Stop Me: 1913

Houston, October 1913. Marion Davis, Messenger #21 for Bellevue Messenger Service. Fourteen years old. "Been messenger, off and on, for two years. Not supposed to go to the Reservation [Red Light] under sixteen years, but I do just the same. The boss don't care and the cops don't stop me." View full size. Photograph and caption by the indefatigable Lewis Wickes Hine.

Fashion Victims: 1924

Fashion Victims: 1924

August 18, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Miss Beatrice Beck, daughter of Solicitor General James M. Beck." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Dog of War: 1862

Dog of War: 1862

1862. The Peninsula, Virginia. "Lt. George A. Custer with dog." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war, the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 
 
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