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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.

 
 
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Girl Shooters: 1922

Girl Shooters: 1922

November 10, 1922. "Girls' rifle team." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

On the Road: 1939

On the Road: 1939

February 1939. Calipatria, Imperial Valley. Car on siding across tracks from pea packing plant. Twenty-five year old itinerant, originally from Oregon. "On the road eight years, all over the country, every state in the union, back and forth, pick up a job here and there, traveling all the time." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Denmark's Finest: 1923

Denmark's Finest: 1923

October 4, 1923. Washington, D.C. Danish athletes at the Pension Office Building. View full size | Rear view. 5x7 glass negative, National Photo Company.

 

Ball in Play: 1923

Ball in Play: 1923

1923. "Pushball, Maryland State." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Size Matters: 1943

Size Matters: 1943

February 1943. "Mrs. Mary Betchner measuring 105mm howitzers at the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, plant of the Chain Belt Company. Her son is in the Army; her husband and daughter are in war work." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information.

 

Hugh and Lynn: 1943

Hugh and Lynn: 1943

December 1943. "Hugh and Lynn Massman sightseeing on their first day in Washington. Their baby is being taken care of in the nursery at the United Nations service center." Photo: Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size

 

Totaled: 1923

Totaled: 1923

1923. Assistant Postmaster General John Bartlett's car in Washington after an accident. Bartlett, a former governor of New Hampshire, survived. Details of the wreck, unfortunately, did not. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 
 
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