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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Lob Me Tender: 1920

Lob Me Tender: 1920

The actress Grace Valentine strikes a sporty pose circa 1920. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

Butte, Montana: 1942

Butte, Montana: 1942

October 1942. "Scrap and salvage depot. Butte, Montana." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information.

 

Gay Paree: 1938

Gay Paree: 1938

September 1938. Granville, West Virginia. "Coal miner's sons watch aerial trapeze artists at outdoor carnival. Large event and only outdoor amusement during the year." Nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA. View full size.

 

West Virginia: 1938

West Virginia: 1938

September 1938. "Coal miner's family. Pursglove, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration.

 

A Foggy Day: 1943

A Foggy Day: 1943

New York, May 1943. "A foggy morning at Fulton fish market." View full size. Medium format negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information.

 

Memorial Day: 1942

Memorial Day: 1942

May 1942. Southington, Connecticut. "An American town and its way of life. The Memorial Day parade moving down the main street. The small number of spectators is accounted for by the fact that the town's war factories did not close. The town hall is in the left foreground." Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Water's Fine: 1920

The Water's Fine: 1920

"Valentine in pool." The actress Grace Valentine circa 1920. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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