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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

Train Wreck: 1909

Train Wreck: 1909

Wrecked Pennsylvania R.R. car on tracks south of Brunswick Street. Jersey City, N.J. November 6, 1909. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

The Kittens of Doom: 1914

The Kittens of Doom: 1914

"Two cats, dressed as humans, holding rope, which doll appears to be skipping." Circa 1914 photograph by Harry Whittier Frees. View full size. More on the strangely unsettling photos of Harry Frees here and here. He often used his own cats, Rags and Fluff, with costumes sewn by his mother.

 

Still Wet Behind the Oars: 1911

Still Wet Behind the Oars: 1911

June 18, 1911. "Cornell varsity crew squad at Poughkeepsie." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Li’l Drug Runner: 1913

Li’l Drug Runner: 1913

Preston DeCosta, 15 years old. Messenger #3 for Bellevue Messenger Service in San Antonio, Texas. October 1913. I ran across him while he was carrying notes back and forth between a prostitute in jail and a pimp in the Red Light. He had read all the notes and knew all about them. He was a fine grained adolescent boy. Has been delivering messages and drugs in the Red Light for 6 months and knows the ropes thoroughly. "A lot of these girls are my regular customers. I carry 'em messages and get 'em drinks, drugs, etc. Also go to the bank with money for 'em. If a fellow treats 'em right, they'll call him by number and give him all their work. I got a box full of photos I took of these girls - some of 'em I took in their room." Works until 11 P.M. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Where’s the Fire?

Where’s the Fire?

Wreck of District of Columbia fire chief's car. January 5, 1921. View larger. National Photo Company.

 

New York-Cincinnati Flyer: 1910

New York-Cincinnati Flyer: 1910

Train wreck near Middletown, Ohio. July 4, 1910 [erroneously reported at the time to have involved the 20th Century Limited -- see Comments]. View full size. Glass negative from the George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Syracuse 2d Varsity Crew: 1914

Syracuse 2d Varsity Crew: 1914

Syracuse second varsity crew squad, June 11, 1914. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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