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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Let's Eat: 1943

Let's Eat: 1943

August 1943. "Middle River, Maryland. A Farm Security Administration housing project for Glenn L. Martin aircraft workers. A worker's family in their trailer home." Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Haka Twerk: 1913

Haka Twerk: 1913

      Haka: Traditional ancestral war cry, dance or challenge from the Māori people of New Zealand.

New Zealand, 1913. "Maori boy performing a haka on the beach, Northland." Glass plate negative by Arthur Northwood. View full size.

 

Spooky Stair: 1936

Spooky Stair: 1936

Circa 1936. "Ximenez-Fatio House, St. Augustine, Florida. Dr. Chatelain's photographs, P.A. Wolfe, photographer." From Frances Benjamin Johnston's work for the Carnegie Survey of Architecture of the South. View full size.

 

Washington Drank Here: 1913

Washington Drank Here: 1913

Washington, D.C., 1913. "Mullany's Saloon, 14th & E Sts. N.W." More about this venerable watering hole here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Minnesota Merc: 1954

Minnesota Merc: 1954

My brother's friend Jerry returns from a "pedal to the metal" test drive of my brother's new Mercury. Minneapolis, 1954. View full size.

Chiaroscuro: 1920

Chiaroscuro: 1920

            Come plié with us!

New York circa 1920. "Isadora Duncan dancers." Nitrate negative by the Prussian- born American photographer Arnold Genthe (1869-1942). View full size.

 

Dear Betty Lou: 1943

Dear Betty Lou: 1943

July 1943. "Greenville, South Carolina. Air Service Command. Writing a letter home." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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