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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Equitable Trust: 1921

Equitable Trust: 1921

New York, 1921. Equitable Trust Building and Hotel Biltmore. View full size. Photograph by Irving Underhill.

 

Bodie: 1962

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Bodie: 1962

Bodie, California, July 1962. Odd Fellows Hall and Miners Union Hall on Main Street looking north. View full size. Photograph by Ronald Partridge, Historic American Buildings Survey. Bodie, a mining camp ghost town on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada between Yosemite and Tahoe, is now a state historic park.

 

Memory Bank: 1962

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Memory Bank: 1962

Vault of the Bodie Bank, July 1962. Mono County, California. View full size. Photograph by Ronald Partridge, Historic American Buildings Survey.

 

Ready or Not: 1912

Ready or Not: 1912

"Blind children playing hide-and-seek among arcade pillars" at the Overbrook School in Philadelphia ca. 1912. View full size. Geo. Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Herman Miller: 1958

Herman Miller: 1958

1958. Alexander and Susan Girard at the Herman Miller show in San Francisco. View larger. 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Charles & Ray Eames collection.

Test Chair: 1946

Test Chair: 1946

1946. Woman (Milah Birnie?) in an experimental plywood lounge chair. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Charles and Ray Eames collection.

Playtime: 1920

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Playtime: 1920

Children at play circa 1920 as captured by the pioneering news photographer and society portraitist Jessie Tarbox Beals (1870-1942). View full size. In 2000 the New York Times reviewed a retrospective of her work: "One of the reasons so few women entered the profession was that equipment was so heavy. Beals carried an 8-by-10 view camera, glass plates and a tripod, close to 50 pounds of paraphernalia. (She was further encumbered by a whalebone corset and a hat the size of a flying saucer.) Still, when a judge in a murder trial locked the photographers out, she climbed a tall bookcase up to a transom window, snapped a picture before she was detected and had a five-column front-page photograph."

 
 
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