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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 • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Qahatika Child: c. 1907

Qahatika Child: c. 1907

A Qahatika Native-American child. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis, c. 1907. View full size.

 

Young Models: c. 1900

Young Models: c. 1900

A portrait of two girls seated, one looking at the braided hair of the other. The photograph is by the Tonnesen Sisters of Chicago, c. 1900. The Tonnesen Sisters ran one of the country's first photo studios for the purpose of creating advertising images. They also ran one of the first professional modeling agencies. View full size.

 

Madam Varela: 1922

Madam Varela: 1922

Madam Varela and children pose in 1922. From the National Photo Company collection. The family was likely part of the diplomatic community in Washington. View full size.

 

Winter Sports in Arosa: 1939

Winter Sports in Arosa: 1939

A 1938 promotional poster showing the many types of winter sports available in Arosa, Switzerland: Ice hockey, ice skating, skiing, and curling. View full size.

Skiing in the Cedars: 1946

Skiing in the Cedars: 1946

Members of the American Mission in Beirut & Tripoli ski in the Cedars, Lebanon. From the Matson Photo Service, 1946. View full size.

 

What, Me Worry?

What, Me Worry?

The Edwards boy in 1921. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Ashwood: 1939

Ashwood: 1939

May 1939. "Second and third grade children being made up for their Negro song and dance at May Day-Health Day festivities." Ashwood Plantations, South Carolina. View full size. Photograph by Marion Post Wolcott for the FSA.

 
 
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