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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

Beauty Prize Winners: 1922

Beauty Prize Winners: 1922

Four prize winners in the 1922 beauty show at Washington Bathing Beach, Washington, D.C. Left to right: Gay Gatley, Eva Fridell, Anna Neibel, Iola Swinnerton. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

Leave It to Beaver: 1958

Leave It to Beaver: 1958

I was watching an episode from the second season (1958-59) of "Leave It to Beaver" tonight when I got to the part where Ward reads a note from Beaver's principal, Mrs. Rayburn. If you freeze-frame the note it says:

Pool

Pool

Ghost Child: 1936

Ghost Child: 1936

Child living in Oklahoma City shacktown. August 1936. View full size. Farm Security Administration photograph by Dorothea Lange.

 

Little Rock: 1935

Little Rock: 1935

Interior of tenant farmer home. Little Rock, Arkansas. October 1935. The "round thing" is an old-fashioned convex mirror. View full size. Photo by Ben Shahn.

 

Big Brother: 1935

Big Brother: 1935

Children of rehabilitation client, Maria Plantation, Arkansas. October 1935. View full size. Farm Security Administration photograph by Ben Shahn.

 

Domestic Bliss: 1936

Domestic Bliss: 1936

Interior of Ozarks cabin housing six people in Missouri. May 1936. View full size. Farm Security Administration photograph by Carl Mydans.

 
 
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