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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.

 
 
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Americana Hotel: 1962

Americana Hotel: 1962

Oct. 1, 1962. "Americana Hotel, 52nd Street and Seventh Avenue, New York City. Entrance section from left. Loew's Hotels, client. Morris Lapidus, Harle & Liebman, architects." We saw the coffee shop a few weeks ago. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Willingham Doffers: 1909

Willingham Doffers: 1909

January 1909. "Doffers in Willingham Cotton Mill, Macon, Georgia. The three boys in front row have been in mill work for 4, 5 and 6 years respectively." Photo by Lewis Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Ear Buds: 1924

Ear Buds: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Radio at Garfield Hospital." Someday, fellows, they'll make a telegraph you can carry around in your pocket! View full size.

 

Hitler's Children: 1943

Hitler's Children: 1943

March 1943. "New York. A dairy truck on 44th Street." At the Paramount, a double bill where the distinction between "on screen" and "in person" matters, especially if you're Xavier Cugat. Photo by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Long Train Going: 1943

Long Train Going: 1943

March 1943. "Canyon, Texas. Approaching the town on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Amarillo, Texas, and Clovis, New Mexico." One of hundreds of photos documenting Jack Delano's trip from Chicago to California on a Santa Fe freight for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Blagden Alley: 1923

Blagden Alley: 1923

"City rowhouses, 1923." A jumble of humble abodes. The latest installment in our survey of backstreet Washington, D.C., this glass plate is another angle on the alley last seen here. Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

UPDATE: Shorpy member Mark H. has identified the location as Blagden Alley. The view is looking north toward the Henrietta Apartments on N Street; somewhere at left is the recent home of Back Alley Waffles.

 

All That Jazz: 1942

All That Jazz: 1942

March 1942. Washington, D.C. "Dancing class at an elementary school." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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