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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

Syracuse Boathouse: 1914

Syracuse Boathouse: 1914

1914. "Syracuse Varsity crew team at boathouse." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Celery Cola: 1908

Celery Cola: 1908

John Howell, an Indianapolis newsboy. Makes 75 cents some days. Begins at 6 A.M., Sundays. Lives at 215 W. Michigan St. August 1908. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. This is as close to a Hine self-portrait as we've seen. Who can tell us about Celery Cola?

 

All Suits Sterilized: 1910

All Suits Sterilized: 1910

"Hot day at Coney Island." Circa 1910. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. What we have here is an ocean of people and a puddle of ocean.

 

Penn Varsity: 1914

Penn Varsity: 1914

Summer 1914. "Penn varsity crew team in Poughkeepsie." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Selma, Alabama: 1935

Selma, Alabama: 1935

December 1935. "Sidewalk scene in Selma, Alabama." 8x10 inch nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

New Orleans: 1935

New Orleans: 1935

"New Orleans Negro street," December 1935. View full size. Photograph by Walker Evans. X's at bottom are crop marks.

 

The Girl in the Bubble: 1942

The Girl in the Bubble: 1942

Bombardier nose section of a B-17F Navy bomber at the Douglas Aircraft plant in Long Beach, Calif. October 1942. The B-17F "Flying Fortress" is a later model of the B-17. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 
 
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