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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 • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

I Was a Secretary for the FBI

I Was a Secretary for the FBI

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Federal Bureau of Investigation. Miss Helen Gandy, secretary to J. Edgar Hoover." Photo by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Open Wide: 1908

Open Wide: 1908

Detroit circa 1908. "Grand Circus building." Named after the large, semicircular park nearby, and home to a curiously high concentration of dentists. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Lili: 1952

Lili: 1952

Hollywood, 1952. "Actress Leslie Caron in costume as waitress, applying makeup on the set of movie musical Lili." Kodachrome by Michael Vaccaro for the Look magazine assignment "Hollywood on Its Toes." View full size.

Hybrid Power: 1914

Hybrid Power: 1914

1914. "Kitten in costume on mule pulling kitten in toy touring car." Our weekly dose of the KONRSVW. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Bob's Log: 1943

Bob's Log: 1943

March 1943. Washington, D.C. "Bob Daugherty filling out his log book after lunch. The Interstate Commerce Commission requires all truck drivers to keep time records." Photo by John Vachon, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Black & White: 1922

Black & White: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Black & White taxis at Pan American Union." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

American Picker: 1936

American Picker: 1936

July 1936. "Picking cherries. Yakima, Washington." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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