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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 • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Belles of the Ball: 1906

Belles of the Ball: 1906

New York, 1906. "The Gerson sisters in costume for the Crinoline Ball." Our second from this series of photographs by Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

 

Evelyn Nesbit: 1901

Evelyn Nesbit: 1901

New York circa 1901. "Evelyn Nesbit, age 16, brought to the studio by Stanford White." A chorus girl turned artists' model, Evelyn Nesbit was at the center of a huge scandal in 1906 when her husband killed her former lover, the architect Stanford White. View full size. 8x10 glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier.

 

In the Valley of the Shadow: 1914

In the Valley of the Shadow: 1914

New York, 1914. "Mrs. John Murray Anderson, actress and wife of the theatrical producer." Genevieve Lyon circa 1914, around the time of her marriage to the theater impresario and two years before her death from tuberculosis. 8x10 glass negative by Gertrude Kãsebier. View full size.

 

Young Gertrude: 1894

Young Gertrude: 1894

Gertrude Käsebier, daughter of the photographer, at Crecy en Brie, France, in 1894. View full size. 8x10 glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier.

 

A Thrill a Minute: 1911

A Thrill a Minute: 1911

June 13, 1911. The Cake Walk at Luna Park on Coney Island. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Who can describe this ride?

 

568 + 532 = B-25

568 + 532 = B-25

June 1942. Inglewood, California. "Punching rivet holes in a frame member for a B-25 bomber at North American Aviation." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

Maryland Chicken: 1920

Maryland Chicken: 1920

1920. "Poultry at government farm. Beltsville, Maryland." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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