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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Boundary County: 1939

Boundary County: 1939

October 1939. "Father and son have cleared thirty acres of raw stump land in three years. Boundary County, Idaho." View full size. Photo by Dorothea Lange.

 

Burn Ballad Bungalow: 1929

Burn Ballad Bungalow: 1929

From 1929, another view of the peripatetic Burn family and their unusual car on G Street in Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

One Leg at a Time: 1923

One Leg at a Time: 1923

July 1923. A wagon horse outfitted against summer insect pests on the streets of Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

One, Please: 1928

One, Please: 1928

A street vendor and his radio-equipped cart circa 1928 in Washington, D.C. View full size. 4x5 glass negative from the National Photo Company Collection.

 

Farrar and June Burn: 1929

Farrar and June Burn: 1929

April 3, 1929. "Main Street a la Cart." The Burn Ballad Bungalow on G Street in Washington, D.C. (I just know there's someone out there who can rescue these people from obscurity, regardless of how much they may have deserved it. Who were they?) 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection. View full size. [Thanks to Shorpy reader Janet we have the answer: These are the wandering writers June and Farrar Burn and their sons North and South.]

 

Questa: 1943

Questa: 1943

Spring 1943. The town of Questa in Taos County, New Mexico. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Collier, Farm Security Administration.

 

Boy Am I Stuffed: 1916

Boy Am I Stuffed: 1916

"Toy dog." (Resembling the Victor mascot Nipper.) February 7, 1916. The name Victor seems to have been inked on the pup's collar by the photographer after the negative was developed. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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