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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

The Old Stone House: 1865

The Old Stone House: 1865

      The Ege family dwelling, which had tangential connections to General Lafayette, George Washington and Edgar Allan Poe.

April 1865. Richmond, Virginia. "The Old Stone House -- so-called 'Washington's headquarters,' 1916 East Main Street." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Bedcast: 1922

Bedcast: 1922

March 31, 1922. "H.G. Corcoran of Washington, D.C., needs an aerial for his radio outfit. His receiving wire is connected to the wire springs of his bed, which take the place of an aerial." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Curb Work: 1920

Curb Work: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Curb work -- car stop on 14th Street N.W." Streetcar infrastructure. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The Powers That Be: 1908

The Powers That Be: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Trinity churchyard and skyscrapers." God and Mammon in Manhattan. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

WWWWW: 1962

WWWWW: 1962

Wellington, New Zealand. "Worser Bay Surf Life Saving Club, team of 1962, with Cook Strait trophy." Seated: Barrie Davenport, first person to swim Cook Strait. Large format negative by by Crown Studios, Wellington. View full size.

White Wash: 1951

White Wash: 1951

The location: Fourth Avenue North in Birmingham, Alabama.

1951. "Segregation in the South." Which extended, evidently, even to pillowcases. Photo by John Vachon for the Look magazine article "How Far From Slavery?" Who'll be the first person to tell us where this might be? View full size.

 

Hangin' on the Porch: 1937

Hangin' on the Porch: 1937

1937. Charleston, South Carolina. "18 & 20 Wentworth Street." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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