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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 • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

The Journey Begins: 1957

The Journey Begins: 1957

May 1957. "Smith Wedding." Found 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Derailed: 1922

Derailed: 1922

Washington area, 1922. "Railroad wreck." View full size. National Photo Company Collection. The tilted camera gives a nice arrangement of diagonals.

 

Sider and Appels: 1935

Sider and Appels: 1935

October 1935. "A cider and apple stand on the Lee Highway, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein.

 

Wolf Creek: 1935

Wolf Creek: 1935

August 1935. Shelling peanuts in Wolf Creek, Georgia. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Syne of Ye Krazy Kat: 1921

Syne of Ye Krazy Kat: 1921

From July 1921, the Krazy Kat club off Thomas Circle in Washington, with Cleon Throckmorton to the right. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Louisiana: 1937

Louisiana: 1937

July 1937. "Louisiana Negress." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative and caption by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Throck and the Kats: 1921

Throck and the Kats: 1921

July 15, 1921. Cleon Throckmorton at the easel on the terrace of the Krazy Kat, an establishment described by the Washington Post two years earlier as "something like a Greenwich Village coffeehouse." Scroll down to the comments for more on "Throck," an engineering graduate who made his name designing sets for Eugene O'Neill's plays, and was the first art director for CBS in the early days of television. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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