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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Look Out World, Here I Come

Look Out World, Here I Come

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Times boy and bicycle." Winner of a Mead Ranger bike by virtue of selling 30 newspaper subscriptions. The Ranger contest was a promotion of various papers from about 1917 to 1923. National Photo Co. Collection. View full size.

 

Messenger Boys: 1909

Messenger Boys: 1909

Western Union messengers in Hartford, Conn. March 1909. They are on duty, alternate nights, until 10 P.M. Messenger #32 is Thomas De Lucco, 9 years old, who works second job as newsboy. View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

George 'Knockout' Brown

George 'Knockout' Brown

Middleweight boxer George “Knockout” Brown (on right) and sparring partner, probably around 1912. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Harlem Newsboy: 1943

Harlem Newsboy: 1943

Harlem newsboy. May-June 1943. View full size. Photograph by Gordon Parks.

 

New York: 1943

New York: 1943

May 1943. "Woman and her dog in the Harlem section." Medium format negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Scotts Run: 1935

Scotts Run: 1935

Company houses at Scotts Run mining camp near Morgantown, West Virginia. July 1935. View full size. Photograph by Walker Evans.

 

Washington Varsity: 1913

Washington Varsity: 1913

June 1913. Poughkeepsie, New York. "Washington Varsity 8." View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. So why do some of the rowers in these pictures (above, and also two men here) have bandaged abs ... chafing from where the oars hit? Intra-crew knife fights?

 
 
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