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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Day Boy: 1913

Day Boy: 1913

Houston, October 1913. "Eleven-year-old Western Union messenger #51. J.T. Marshall. Been day boy here for five months. Goes to Red Light district some and knows some of the girls." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Baker Boys: 1917

The Baker Boys: 1917

April 1917. "Making bread. Pauls Valley Training School. Pauls Valley, Oklahoma." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

In the Kitchen: 1910

In the Kitchen: 1910

"Home economics in public schools. Kitchen in housekeeping flat, New York," circa 1910. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

High Bridge: 1865

High Bridge: 1865

April 1865. "Farmville, Virginia, vicinity. High bridge of the South Side Railroad across the Appomattox." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Wet collodion glass plate negative, left half of stereograph pair, by Timothy H. O'Sullivan; from Civil War photographs compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge. View full size.

 

Ex Cathedral: 1865

Ex Cathedral: 1865

1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Ruins of the Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar (Broad and Legare Streets) destroyed in the fire of December 1861." From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. Glass plate negative, left half of stereograph pair, from Civil War photos compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge. View full size.

 

Portal: 1865

Portal: 1865

1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Ruins of Roman Catholic Cathedral. View of doorway." Glass plate negative, left half of stereograph pair. View full size.

 

Petersburg: 1865

Petersburg: 1865

1865. "Petersburg, Virginia. Sections of chevaux-de-frise before Confederate main works." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Glass plate negative, left half of stereograph pair, from Civil War photos compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge. View full size.

 
 
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