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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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Left and Right: 1922

Left and Right: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Auto accident." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Bat Nelson: 1911

Bat Nelson: 1911

Lightweight boxing champ "Bat" Nelson in 1911. After retiring from the ring, Bat (short for Battling; aka the Durable Dane, born Oscar Nielsen) dabbled in fight promotion and vaudeville. In January 1954, "a pathetic little man of 80 pounds, his mind a complete blank," Bat was committed to the Chicago State Hospital; a month later he was dead of lung cancer at age 71. With 68 wins, 19 draws and 19 losses, Bat once said that although he had "lost several fights," he had never been beaten. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

A Boy and His Dog: 1904

A Boy and His Dog: 1904

1904. "Boy with dog." Oceanside, Long Island. 8x10 dry plate glass negative by the pioneering portrait photographer Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

 

Haifa Tank Farm: 1937

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Haifa Tank Farm: 1937

British Mandate Palestine circa 1937. "Shell oil tanks near Haifa close up." 5x7 dry plate glass negative, Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Navy Man: 1942

Navy Man: 1942

August 1942. Corpus Christi, Texas. "After seven years in the Navy, J.D. Estes is considered an old sea salt by his mates at the Naval Air Base." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem, Office of War Information.

 

Hosed: 1926

Hosed: 1926

July 28, 1926. Washington, D.C. "Elephant at zoo." View full size. Nat'l Photo.

 

Jack Barrett: 1910

Jack Barrett: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Jack Barrett, Barnum's. 28 inches tall." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 
 
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