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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.

 
 
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Radio Room: 1925

Radio Room: 1925

1925. "Condenser assembling department." Another view of workers putting radios together at the vast Atwater Kent factory in Philadelphia. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Life in Wartime: 1942

Life in Wartime: 1942

Pittsburgh, August 1942. "The comforts of home looked pretty good to Navy Radioman John Marshall Evans and Sergeant French L. Vineyard, who spent Sunday with the family of their poster colleague George Woolslayer." Medium format negative negative by Alfred Palmer for the OWI. View full size.

 

Gonna Fly Now: 1925

Gonna Fly Now: 1925

Continuing the Shorpy Summer Arts Festival: June 30, 1925. "Elsie Robinson, National American Ballet." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Casting Call: 1924

Casting Call: 1924

June 30, 1924. "Debutantes with Summer Follies. Mary Seldon, Dora Wagner." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

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.

 
 
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