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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

What Goes Up: 1926

What Goes Up: 1926

Montgomery County, Maryland. The roller coaster at Glen Echo Park in 1926. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Messenger 43: 1913

Messenger 43: 1913

Houston, Texas. October 1913. "Fourteen-year-old Western Union Messenger #43. Works until 10:30 p.m. Goes to Reservation [red light district] some." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Laredo: 1941

Laredo: 1941

August 1941. Laredo, Montana. "Farm Security Administration borrower and 2 of his children." View full size. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott.

 

Avant-Garden: 1921

Avant-Garden: 1921

July 15, 1921. Our third photo of the treetop table at the Krazy Kat club in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. (Coming Monday: Details on the Krazy Kat and one of the notables who ran it.)

 

Nutrition Division: 1920

Nutrition Division: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Nutrition Division, Bureau of Chemistry, Department of Agriculture." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Broad Channel: 1915

Broad Channel: 1915

"Dinner at Broad Channel." Summer cottage in the Jamaica Bay, Queens, island community circa 1915. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Branch Office: 1921

Branch Office: 1921

July 15, 1921. More strange goings-on at the Krazy Kat. Our waiter has a ball and chain dangling from his sleeve. National Photo Company. View full size.

 
 
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