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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 • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Grandmother: 1939

Grandmother: 1939

October 1939. "Soper grandmother, who lives with family. Farm Security Administration borrower. Willow Creek area. Malheur County, Oregon." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.

 

Rockville Rooster: 1925

Rockville Rooster: 1925

August 27, 1925. Montgomery County, Maryland. "Mrs. Margaret Barnes at the Rockville Fair." View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 

Mr. Habudashu: 1926

Mr. Habudashu: 1926

1926 or 1927. "Mr. Tabber Raleigh Habudashu," says the Library of Congress. What we see written on the negative is "Tabber of Raleigh, Haberdasher." 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Barchet, Navy: 1922

Barchet, Navy: 1922

"Barchet, fullback, Navy, 1922." Steve Barchet, backfield star of the Naval Academy in Annapolis. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Hello, Doily: 1952

Hello, Doily: 1952

Another slide from Set 2 of found 35mm Kodachromes. On the wall, a September 1952 calendar; on the floor, an Indianapolis phone book. At the right, a projection screen where perhaps this very slide was shown after being developed. In the kitchen: many little decorative decals on the cabinet doors. View full size.

A Real Lifesaver: 1915

 A Real Lifesaver: 1915

"Man demonstrating ship rescue apparatus" circa 1915 somewhere near New York City. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Spinning Room: 1911

The Spinning Room: 1911

March 1911. Magnolia, Mississippi. "Magnolia Cotton Mills spinning room. See the little ones scattered through the mill. All work." View full size. Photograph (original glass negative) and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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