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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Cherry Blossom Queen: 1939

Cherry Blossom Queen: 1939

March 31, 1939. Washington, D.C. "Senate Majority Leader crowns Cherry Blossom Queen. Climaxing the annual Japanese Cherry Blossom Festival in Potomac Park today, Senate Majority Leader Alben W. Barkley placed the crown on the head of Peggy Townsend, Cherry Blossom Queen. Thousands of visitors view the beautiful blossoms every year." Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

Double Rich: 1941

Double Rich: 1941

Whisk brooms and brooches,
Malteds and sundaes.

Girls in straw hats and
Chicago Mondays.

Traffic lights flashing, streetcar bell clangs.
These are a few of our favorite thangs.

July 1941. "Chicago. Waiting for a streetcar." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Cut Rate Groceries: 1936

Cut Rate Groceries: 1936

December 1936. "Scene on Bathgate Avenue in the Bronx." At the K&K Grocery, a nice display of Crax and Jell-O. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Hung Out to Dry: 1936

Hung Out to Dry: 1936

December 1936. "New York. Scene from the Bronx tenement district from which many of the New Jersey homesteaders have come." There are a million stories in the Naked City, and a lot of them seem to involve laundry. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

You Are Here: 1926

You Are Here: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Ford Motor Co." is all the caption says. Who can pinpoint our location using the visual clues provided? Extra credit for Street View links. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Basement Branch Newsies: 1910

Basement Branch Newsies: 1910

May 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Johnnie Burns and his Basement Branch (See Photo 1461). Also photo of his boy who he says is 'ungovernable.' Burns says the 4-year-old twins will be selling soon. 3518 Evans Avenue." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Surf Club: 1947

Surf Club: 1947

August 1, 1947. "Surf Club, Atlantic Beach, Long Island, New York. Beach scene III." Ever alert for signs of distress, the lifeguard must have a keen sense of peripheral vision. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 
 
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