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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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General Outdoor: 1941

General Outdoor: 1941

July 1941. Chicago parking lot. View full size. 35mm negative by John Vachon.

 

True Confessions: 1941

True Confessions: 1941

July 1941. Street scene in Chicago on Washington at Dearborn. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. View full size | Another view.

 

Crossville Loafers: 1937

Crossville Loafers: 1937

1937. "Men loafing. Crossville, Tennessee." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Shadowland: 1863

Shadowland: 1863

Washington circa 1863. Wounded soldiers at Harewood Hospital with mosquito netting over their beds. View full size. Left half of a glass-plate stereograph.

 

Harewood: 1863

Harewood: 1863

Washington circa 1863. "Mess hall at Harewood Hospital, heated by elaborate stoves." 3x4 glass-plate stereograph, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Brandy Station: 1864

Brandy Station: 1864

February 1864. Brandy Station, Virginia. Secret Service officers at Army of the Potomac winter headquarters: Col. George H. Sharpe, John G. Babcock, unidentified and Lt. Col. John McEntee. 8x10 glass-plate negative from a collection compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge. View full size. Alternate caption information, which records the date of creation/publication as August 1863: "Bealeton, Va. Members of the Bureau of Military Information."

 

Greetings From Buckeye Lake: 1938

Greetings From Buckeye Lake: 1938

Summer 1938. "Looking over Buckeye Lake," the fleshpot of central Ohio if photographer Ben Shahn is to be believed. Full size | The sordid details.

 
 
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