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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Medium on M Street: 1937

Medium on M Street: 1937

December 1937. At 703 M Street in Washington we have Madame LaBey, reader of palms and dispenser of advice "on all affairs of life." She's clairvoyant, but ring the doorbell anyway. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon.

 

Hello Trouble: 1937

Hello Trouble: 1937

December 1937. Midcity Cinema at 1223 Ninth Street NW in Washington, D.C. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA.

 

Dee's Cafe: 1941

Dee's Cafe: 1941

July 1941. "On the Main Street of Cascade, Idaho." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Orphan Excursion: 1923

Orphan Excursion: 1923

Washington, August 1923. "Star orphan excursion." View full size. 4x5 glass negative from the National Photo Company Collection.

 

Furnished Rooms: 1937

Furnished Rooms: 1937

April 1937. "Rooming house in slum district, Washington, D.C." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Margaret Zolnay: 1923

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Margaret Zolnay: 1923

October 12, 1923. "Miss Margaret Zolnay." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Miss Anita Phipps: 1923

Miss Anita Phipps: 1923

November 24, 1923. Miss Anita Phipps, director of women's relations for the War Department. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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