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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Horseketball: 1908

Horseketball: 1908

Basketball on the tanbark at Durland's Riding Academy, New York. 1908. Evidently it's traveling if you let go of the reins. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Check out how this pic looked before restoration.

 

Meet Me at the Fair: 1941

Meet Me at the Fair: 1941

"Backstage" at the girlie show at the Vermont state fair, Rutland. September 1941. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Ladies of the Morning: 1939

Ladies of the Morning: 1939

Lady residents of a St. Paul rooming house. September 1939. View full size. Photograph by John Vachon.

 

High Stakes: 1909

High Stakes: 1909

"Living on a Skyscraper." Boys playing marbles on the roof of a New York apartment building circa 1909. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Spooky Toy Show: 1908

Spooky Toy Show: 1908

Toy show at Madison Square Garden, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. In the foreground: Junior Aero Club display. Several shadowy blurs can be seen in this time exposure moving about what at first glance appears to be a deserted exhibit space. The car merry-go-round is slowly revolving.

 

Vermont State Fair: 1941

Vermont State Fair: 1941

A colorful scene from the Vermont State Fair at Rutland, September 1941. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Teddy the Wrestling Bear: 1941

Teddy the Wrestling Bear: 1941

Barker at Vermont State Fair, Rutland. September 1941. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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