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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Easy Does It: 1908

Easy Does It: 1908

German zeppelin LZ3 entering its shed on the Bodensee. 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Luftschiff Zeppelin 3: 1908

Luftschiff Zeppelin 3: 1908

Luftschiff Zeppelin 3, July 1908, approaching its hangar on the Bodensee. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Laverne & Shirley: 1942

Laverne & Shirley: 1942

Grinder operators at Republic Drill & Tool, Chicago. August 1942. View full size. Photograph by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information.

 

Red, White & Blue: 1942

Red, White & Blue: 1942

Truck trailers at the Chicago & North Western R.R. freight house, December 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Yale Varsity Eight: 1911

Yale Varsity Eight: 1911

June 22, 1911. "Yale rowing team." Bain News Service photo. View full size.

 

Tutti Frutti Trucks: 1943

Tutti Frutti Trucks: 1943

Freight depot of the Army consolidating station at Chicago. April 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Chicago: Night: 1943

Chicago: Night: 1943

Illinois Central freight cars at the South Water Street terminal, Chicago. May 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 
 
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