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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 • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Double Bill: 1920

Double Bill: 1920

"Valentine and horse." The actress Grace Valentine and an equine co-star circa 1920. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Mix Well: 1935

Mix Well: 1935

1935. "Cooking Class. Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland." View full size. 5x7 safety negative, National Photo Company Collection. The classroom is described as being at Chevy Chase High in another photo.

 

Cleo and Cecil: 1924

Cleo and Cecil: 1924

October 15, 1924. The husband-and-wife musical comedy team of Cecil Lean and Cleo Mayfield at the White House. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Generations: 1938

Generations: 1938

September 1938. "Mother, wife and child of unemployed coal miner. Marine, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA.

 

Payday Groceries: 1938

Payday Groceries: 1938

September 1938. "Miners' wives coming home from town with groceries on payday near Mohegan, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Volley of the Dolls: 1938

Volley of the Dolls: 1938

September 1938. "Kewpie doll bathing girls for sale along main highway near Charleston, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. Library of Congress.

 

Sparky: 1942

Sparky: 1942

August 1942. Republic Drill and Tool Company, Chicago. "Women in industry. Tool production. Eyes averted from the white shower of sparks, this young employee of a drill and tool plant touches the button that welds drills to their shanks. She's one of nearly 1,000 women who have replaced men at the production machines of this Midwest factory." View full size. Medium format negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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