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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 • WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Ray Schalk: 1914

Ray Schalk: 1914

White Sox catcher Ray Schalk circa 1914. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Bambino: 1919

Bambino: 1919

Babe Ruth in 1919. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Edge: 1915

Edge: 1915

Washington, D.C. (vicinity) circa 1915. "Along the C&O Canal." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Last one in's a rotten egg.

 

Vs. Them: 1919

Vs. Them: 1919

"Bob Le Grende [Legendre], Georgetown, 1919. The track and field star may be one of America's representatives at the Olympic Games at Antwerp next summer. He recently won the pentathlon title at the inter-allied meet in Pershing Stadium, Paris." As it turns out, his life was tragically cut short by illness. View full size.

 

Mixed Doubles: 1925

Mixed Doubles: 1925

April 11, 1925. "J. Lang, Columbia Country Club," partnered with a light leak. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Ole Misses: 1935

Ole Misses: 1935

October 1935. Natchez, Mississippi. "Two women walking along the street." 35mm negative by Ben Shahn for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Key West: 1957

Key West: 1957

April 1957. "Mom's birthday, Key West, Florida." From Set 3 of found 35mm Kodachrome slides. View full size. No horseplay in the pool, kids!

 
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