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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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Buster and Eldridge: 1912

Buster and Eldridge: 1912

Newark, New Jersey. December 1912. "Eldridge Bernard, 11 years old. Buster Smith, 6 years old. Colored route boys of Newark. Taken at 4 p.m." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Regular Lubrication: 1942

Regular Lubrication: 1942

February 1942. "Something the matter with your wringer? It probably needs a few drops of oil. Regular lubrication by your repair man assures smooth functioning of the mechanism. If you attempt to do the job yourself, you may find the family wash oiled." View full size. Medium-format negative by Ann Rosener, OWI.

 

Party Girl: 1942

Party Girl: 1942

August 1942. "George Woolslayer celebrated the visit of the soldier and sailor with a party at his home. Friends, relatives and fellow workers made up the list of guests. No ordinary party, this one will be remembered by the Woolslayers for years to come. Festivities started at 8 p.m. and lasted well into the next morning. Proudly seated on Sergeant French L. Vineyard's knee is Woolslayer's 8-year-old daughter, Georgia Ann, who stayed up long past her bedtime to take part in the fun. Allegheny-Ludlum Steel, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." View full size. Medium format negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Strange Leaf: 1908

Strange Leaf: 1908

May 1, 1908. "Speedway parade. Louis Frank with trotter 'Strange Leaf,' a prize winner." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

A Distant Shore: 1925

A Distant Shore: 1925

"Arlington Beach Park, 1925." At left is the Yocum canoe house. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

The Good Old Summertime: 1923

The Good Old Summertime: 1923

"Bathing beach." Circa 1923, a faded view of fun on one of the long-gone Potomac bathing beaches of Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

A Swell Soiree: 1942

A Swell Soiree: 1942

August 1942. "A poster comes to life. Another democratic institution, beer and pretzels. Chief radioman Evans, at extreme left, reaches for a slice of the ham which Mrs. Woolslayer is serving. Sergeant Vineyard is wearing the paper hat. Allegheny Steel, Pittsburgh." One in a series of dozens of photos taken of the three men in a WW2 poster after they decided to get together. View full size. Medium format negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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