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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.

 
 
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State Mutual: 1908

State Mutual: 1908

Circa 1908. "State Mutual Building, Worcester, Massachusetts." An 1897 Renaissance Revival confection seen in one of the surreal diagonal perspectives much loved by Detroit Publishing. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Hot Bodies: 1936

Hot Bodies: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. -- Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Stripping rubber bodies off core-bars (French)." Alternate title: "French Stripper." Our second look at Mr. LOVE Tattoo. Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Hard Times: 1937

Hard Times: 1937

March 1937. Scott's Run, West Virginia. "Johnson family -- father unemployed." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Extreme Makover: 1950

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Extreme Makover: 1950

March 9, 1950. Washington, D.C . "White House renovation. Second floor Oval Study above Blue Room. North wall and part of floor removed for installation of steel shoring columns." Photo by Abbie Rowe. View full size.

 

Bronx Baby Buggies: 1936

Bronx Baby Buggies: 1936

June 1936. "Bronx, New York. Background photo for Hightstown project. Many of the future Hightstown settlers are now living in the Bronx district. This is the street on which Mr. Morris Back and family, certified applicant for resettlement, now live." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration, whose plan to move hundreds of Eastern European, mostly Jewish, immigrants from New York to rural New Jersey met with a resounding meh. View full size.

 

Beer Here: 1937

Beer Here: 1937

Sept. 1937. "Barber shop and pool hall. Berwyn, Maryland." Between rounds, you can get a haircut. Medium-format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

The Big Fokker: 1923

The Big Fokker: 1923

An unlabeled Harris & Ewing plate showing the U.S. Army Air Service Fokker T-2 that set a number of aviation records for unrefueled flight, including a nonstop transcontinental run from New York to California in just under 27 hours in May 1923, piloted by Lieutenants Oakley Kelly and John Macready. View full size.

 
 
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