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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 • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Student Nurses: 1942

Student Nurses: 1942

Sept. 1942. Rochester, N.Y. "Shirley Babcock at right in the front listening to a lecture with other student nurses." Latest installment in the Babcock saga from the camera of Ralph Amdursky for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Star-Crossed: 1951

Star-Crossed: 1951

Santa Barbara, 1951. "Actress Lana Turner and daughter Cheryl Crane." Who, seven years after this picture was snapped, had a fatal run-in with her mother's gangster boyfriend. Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

The Dolls of War: 1942

The Dolls of War: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "Rubber salvage display at Georgia Avenue filling station." Starring Rubber Ducky and Chiquita Banana. This would have made a nice Kodachrome. Photo by Marjory Collins for the OWI. View full size.

 

Jefferson Medical College: 1909

Jefferson Medical College: 1909

Philadelphia circa 1909. "Jefferson Medical College and Hospital, 10th Street." Another of Detroit Publishing's hyper-detailed corner views, complete with requisite ghost pedestrian. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Smokescream: 1942

Smokescream: 1942

September 1942. "Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Sergeant George Camblair learning how to use a gas mask in a practice smokescreen." Sgt. Camblair in one of his scarier manifestations. (He could have used the mask back when he was peeling onions.) Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Good Coffee: 1937

Good Coffee: 1937

May 1937. "Post office. Finlay, Texas." Magazine, caffeine, nicotine -- all your basic ines. As well as potted cacti. Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Kenny's Drugs: 1953

Kenny's Drugs: 1953

Phoenix in 1953. "Photographs show teenagers, mostly male, participating in the Maricopa County, Arizona, programs for teenage delinquent drivers. Includes boys working at Juvenile Farm; teens attending Attitude School; policeman with boys and their hot rods; teens driving on Phoenix streets." Photo by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "How to Tame Teenage Drivers." View full size.

 
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