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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Migrant Daughter: 1936

Migrant Daughter: 1936

November 1936. "Daughter of migrant Tennessee coal miner. Living in American River camp near Sacramento, California." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Clarke and Norcross: 1914

Clarke and Norcross: 1914

October 1914. Clarke and Norcross of Brown University at the Polo Grounds, where they got stomped by Cornell. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 

Carl Morris: 1913

Carl Morris: 1913

November 24, 1913. The boxer Carl Morris, 6-foot-4 heavyweight from Oklahoma. Glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Welcome to Washington: 1925

Welcome to Washington: 1925

October 6, 1925. "West Philadelphia High School girls at the White House." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Running With a Fast Crowd: 1925

Running With a Fast Crowd: 1925

1925. Washington, D.C. "High school track meet at Central Stadium." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Proviso Yard: 1942

Proviso Yard: 1942

December 1942. Proviso Yard, Chicago & North Western R.R. "A train, or 'cut,' being pushed out of a receiving yard toward the hump. A brakeman rides each train to signal the engineer in the locomotive at the rear." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 

Dormitory: 1909

Dormitory: 1909

February 1909. Men's dormitory at the New York municipal lodging house. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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