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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Always Be Careful: 1943

Always Be Careful: 1943

Vernon Brower riding the footboard of an Illinois Central diesel switch engine at the South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago. May 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Stingy Mille

Stingy Mille

"Beggar, New York City." Circa 1912. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Note cryptic graffiti chalked on building.

 

Robertson in Locomobile: 1908

Robertson in Locomobile: 1908

Vanderbilt Cup Auto Race, Robertson in Locomobile on track. October 24, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

San Francisco: 1906

San Francisco: 1906

"The Burning of the Call." The San Francisco Call newspaper building in flames after the April 18, 1906 earthquake. View full size. Pillsbury Picture Co.

 

Antietam: 1862

Antietam: 1862

Allan Pinkerton ("E.J. Allen") of the Secret Service on horseback. Antietam, Maryland, main eastern theater of the war, September-October 1862. Glass negative (wet collodion). View full size. Photograph by Alexander Gardner.

 

Gettysburg: 1863

Gettysburg: 1863

July 1863. Dead Confederate sharpshooter at the foot of Round Top. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. View full size. Photograph by Alexander Gardner.

 

Faceless Beggar: 1918

Faceless Beggar: 1918

"Beggar - New York," c. 1918. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 
 
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