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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

New York, New York: 1941

New York, New York: 1941

December 1941. "Lower Manhattan seen from the S.S. Coamo leaving New York." View full size. 35mm negative by Jack Delano. Office of War Information.

 

Payasos en Penasco: 1940

Payasos en Penasco: 1940

July 1940. "Penasco, New Mexico. Spanish-American clowns at a traveling show." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

 

Breaking: 1940

Breaking: 1940

July 1940. "Acrobat and audience at Spanish-American traveling show. Penasco, New Mexico." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Russell Lee.

 

Cinco de Mayo: 1910

Cinco de Mayo: 1910

May 5, 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Truants like these may be found most any day between 11 a.m. & noon. Jefferson Street near Washington." View full size. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Waco: 1939

Waco: 1939

November 1939. "Negro boys sitting on bench on street, Waco, Texas." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Family Guy: 1920

Family Guy: 1920

Taking the air in Washington, D.C., in 1920. "McDevitt, wife and baby." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The City That Works: 1943

The City That Works: 1943

Chicago, April 1943. "General view of part of the South Water Street Illinois Central Railroad freight terminal." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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