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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

The Belles of Belcourt: 1918

The Belles of Belcourt: 1918

Vermont wedding? Not quite. "Belcourt Seminary graduating class." The Washington, D.C., girls' finishing school circa 1918. View full size.

 

Jet Set: 1964

Jet Set: 1964

Queens, New York, 1964. "Trans World Airlines Terminal, John F. Kennedy (Idlewild) Airport, 1956-62. Eero Saarinen, architect." Back before air travel turned into a bus trip with X-rays. Photo by Balthazar Korab. View full size.

 

Slick and Quick: 1926

Slick and Quick: 1926

Fairfax County, Virginia, circa 1926. "Freeman House Store -- Vienna, Va." A historic structure that figured in the Civil War. Our title comes from a retail detail. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Catpins: 1914

Catpins: 1914

1914. "Kitten in costume with bowling ball and pins." If memory serves, an omen of the impending Apocalypse. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Curlers in Her Hair: 1963

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Curlers in Her Hair: 1963

Rob and Laura redux: Another glimpse of Mary Tyler Moore and Dick Van Dyke on the "Dick Van Dyke Show" set in 1963. Photo by Earl Theisen for the article "America's Favorite TV Wife" in Look magazine. View full size.

Potomac Park: 1908

Potomac Park: 1908

Circa 1908. "The Boulevard, Potomac Park, Washington, D.C." Various national landmarks in a strikingly uncrowded capital. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Shopping Center: 1954

The Shopping Center: 1954

Sept. 27, 1954. Smithtown, New York. "Smithtown Shopping Center. General view." Meet you at Play Mart in an hour. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 
 
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