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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 • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Dust in the Wind: 1937

Dust in the Wind: 1937

October 1937. "Dust storm near Williston, North Dakota." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Two-Way Traffic: 1935

Two-Way Traffic: 1935

November 1935. "Underpass at the Radburn, New Jersey, model housing community which alleviates the dangers of the highway." Photo by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Peoples National: 1906

Peoples National: 1906

Charleston, S.C., circa 1906. "Peoples National Bank, Broad & State Sts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dependable Spark Plugs: 1926

Dependable Spark Plugs: 1926

Rockville, Maryland, circa 1926. "Montgomery County Motor Co., Parts Dept." Our umpteenth visit to this Chevrolet dealership in the Washington suburbs. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Pro Bowl: 1951

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Pro Bowl: 1951

      A high school basketball star despite the fact that his left hand had been badly mangled in a childhood accident, Bomar decided to concentrate on bowling after graduation.     --Ralph Hickok

1951. "Professional bowler Buddy Bomar demonstrating technique." Photo by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "Improve Your Bowling." View full size.

 

Just Add Water: 1959

Just Add Water: 1959

August 27, 1959. Wellington, New Zealand. "Swimsuit fashion show at James Smiths Ltd." Another picturesque scene from the mysterious parallel universe of the Southern Anglosphere. Evening Post photo. View full size.

Irving Trust: 1931

Irving Trust: 1931

New York circa 1931. "Irving Trust Building, 1 Wall Street." The Art Deco behemoth on the right, with Trinity Church and its cemetery in the foreground and Equitable Building on the left, along with American Surety, the Bankers Trust pyramid and Bank of Manhattan (rear). Irving Underhill photo. View full size.

 
 
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