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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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Lights Out: 1914

Lights Out: 1914

January 9, 1914. Men's dormitory at the New York Municipal Lodging House. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Comforts of Home: 1861

The Comforts of Home: 1861

From 1861, a second look at these Northern infantry campers -- and our first glimpse of their puppy. "District of Columbia. Tent life of the 31st (later, 82nd) Pennsylvania Infantry at Queen's Farm, vicinity of Fort Slocum." View full size. Wet-plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair, photographer unknown. This has a lot in common with the pictures Dorothea Lange would be taking 75 years later of Dust Bowl migrants in the agricultural tent camps of California.

Library of Congress annotation: Princess Agnes Salm-Salm, wife of Prince Felix of Prussia, who served with the Union Army, observed in January 1862 that the winter camp of the Army of the Potomac was "teeming with women." Some wives insisted on staying with their husbands, which may have been the case with this woman, judging by her housewifely pose alongside a soldier, three young children, and a puppy. In addition to taking care of her own family, she may have worked as a camp laundress or nurse. Some women who lacked the marital voucher of respectability were presumed to be prostitutes and were periodically ordered out of camp. Only gradually during the four years of the war, and in the face of unspeakable suffering, were women grudgingly accepted by military officials and the general public in the new public role of nurse.

 

Mount Gretna: 1912

Mount Gretna: 1912

Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania, in 1912. Relaxing at National Guard training camp. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Tent Life: 1861

Tent Life: 1861

1861. "Washington, District of Columbia. Tent life of the 31st (later, 82nd) Pennsylvania Infantry at Queen's Farm, vicinity of Fort Slocum." View full size. Wet-plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair, photographer unknown.

 

New York Volunteers: 1861

New York Volunteers: 1861

1861. "Soldiers of Company G, 71st New York Volunteers, in front of Sibley tent." Wet plate glass negative, left half of stereograph pair. Photographer unknown. Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Stanley Ketchel: 1910

Stanley Ketchel: 1910

April 7, 1910. "Stanley Ketchel in boxing pose." The middleweight champion, aka the "Michigan Assassin," in an unusual choice of attire six months before he was killed by a Missouri ranch hand. G.G. Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Some of the Babies: 1914

Some of the Babies: 1914

December 15, 1914. "New York Municipal Lodging House. Some of the babies." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
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