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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

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.

 

Acetylene Annie: 1942

Acetylene Annie: 1942

July 1942. Ford plant at Willow Run, Michigan. "Steady of eye and hand, women workers at the great Willow Run bomber plant are among those throughout the country who are relieving serious shortages of skilled workers by doing such semi-skilled jobs as the one here. She's welding parts of the cooling system direct to the supercharger." View full size. Medium format negative by Ann Rosener.

 

Bye, Y'all: 1939

Bye, Y'all: 1939

May 1939. "Booth in hamburger stand. Alpine, Texas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Canoe Rental: 1925

Canoe Rental: 1925

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

 

Four Belles: 1923

Four Belles: 1923

May 23, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Shrine relay team at Potomac bathing beach." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Back at the Diner: 1939

Back at the Diner: 1939

May 1939. "Man in hamburger stand. Alpine, Texas." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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