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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Bathing Beach Parade: 1919

Bathing Beach Parade: 1919

July 26, 1919. Washington, D.C. Swimsuit "bathing beach parade" at the Tidal Basin. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Take Five: 1938

Take Five: 1938

October 1938. "Cajun orchestra for fais-do-do near Crowley, Louisiana. Having intermission with drinks." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Uncle Beans: 1938

Uncle Beans: 1938

Summer 1938. "Newsboy in Newark, Ohio." View full size. 35mm negative by Ben Shahn. [Update: The always amazing Joe Manning has come through again, and managed to find out this boy's name -- Richard Wolverton. You can read about him on Joe's Web site.] Original post date 02-21-2008.

 

Girl's Best Friend: 1922

Girl's Best Friend: 1922

April 14, 1922. Miss Elizabeth Zolnay, daughter of the sculptor George Julian Zolnay. 1738 N Street NW, Washington. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Easy Street: 1917

Easy Street: 1917

February 5, 1917. "Naval militia guard a New York bridge." View full size. 6x4 dry plate glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Zoom the posters.

 

Cooking Alfresco: 1915

Cooking Alfresco: 1915

February 21, 1915. Peekskill, New York. "National Guard practice. Cooking alfresco." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

South Side Deli: 1941

South Side Deli: 1941

April 1941. "People sitting on front porch in Negro section of Chicago." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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