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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

North of Elma: 1939

North of Elma: 1939

August 1939. "Western Washington, Grays Harbor County, north of Elma. Hand irrigation on small rented subsistence farm. Family have been on place for one year." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.

 

Lassie, Get Help: 1923

Lassie, Get Help: 1923

January 19, 1923. "Dog Smoking." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Dog Catchers: 1924

Dog Catchers: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Dog catchers." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Army Elbow: 1942

Army Elbow: 1942

January 1942. Louisville, Kentucky. "Large pipe elbows for the Army are formed at Tube Turns Inc., by heating lengths of pipe with gas flames and forcing them around a die." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. View full size.

 

Detroit Electric: 1921

Detroit Electric: 1921

1921 or 1922. "Detroit Electric car at the State, War and Navy building in Washington." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Day Boy: 1913

Day Boy: 1913

Houston, October 1913. "Eleven-year-old Western Union messenger #51. J.T. Marshall. Been day boy here for five months. Goes to Red Light district some and knows some of the girls." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Baker Boys: 1917

The Baker Boys: 1917

April 1917. "Making bread. Pauls Valley Training School. Pauls Valley, Oklahoma." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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