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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

The Pie Eaters: 1923

The Pie Eaters: 1923

August 2, 1923. "Pie eating contest, Jefferson school." More of the pie-eating boys from 1923. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Pie Boys: 1923

Pie Boys: 1923

August 2, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Pie eating contest, Jefferson School." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Rites of Spring I: 1920

Rites of Spring I: 1920

Washington, D.C. May 1920. "May Festival of the Friends Select School." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Rites of Spring II: 1920

Rites of Spring II: 1920

May 17, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Friends Select School, May festival." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

American Idols: 1925

American Idols: 1925

May 25, 1925. "Winners and judges, Paramount Motion Picture School." Our third shot of these people. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Hollywood Hopefuls: 1925

Hollywood Hopefuls: 1925

May 25,1925. "Applicants to Paramount Motion Picture School." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Two Dolls: 1936

Two Dolls: 1936

December 1936: "One of Edgar Allen's children playing with doll. The couch and sewing machine are the two most substantial pieces of furniture in the house. The farm is one hundred sixty acres and rented from private party. Near Milford, Iowa." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee.

 
 
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