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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Bob Burton: 1908

Bob Burton: 1908

Bob Burton, Gastonia, North Carolina. 15 years old. A typical adolescent, overgrown, thin, anemic. Been in mill for 8 years. Doffing still in Ozark Mills. November 1908. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Young Tarzan: 1922

Young Tarzan: 1922

Johnny Weissmuller in an Illinois Athletic Club swimsuit circa 1922, prior to winning five Olympic gold medals in 1924 and 1928. Before becoming Tarzan and signing a movie contract with MGM in 1932, Weissmuller was a spokesmodel for BVD swimwear. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

An Exciting Moment: 1908

An Exciting Moment: 1908

An exciting moment at the Newsboys’ Picnic, Cincinnati. August 1908. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

A Marvelous Time Was Had by All

A Marvelous Time Was Had by All

On the Scenic Railway at the Newsboys’ Picnic in Cincinnati, August 1908. A marvelous time was had by all. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Newport Laundress: 1902

Newport Laundress: 1902

Young woman working amid clotheslines heavy with sheets and stockings. Newport, Rhode Island. 1902. View full size. Photograph by Gertrude Kasebier.

 

Grand Central Station: 1908

Grand Central Station: 1908

Crowd outside Grand Central Station, returning from summer vacations. Sept. 8, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Penn Station: 1910

Penn Station: 1910

Pennsylvania Station in New York as seen from Gimbel's department store circa 1910. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size | See the interior.

 
 
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