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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

Fill It With Ethyl: 1943

Fill It With Ethyl: 1943

June 1943. Louisville, Kentucky. "Virginia Lively used to be a beauty operator. Today she works at a filling station." Sears gasoline -- who knew? Photo by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bi-Biplane: 1917

Bi-Biplane: 1917

1917. "Langley, Samuel Pierpont. Secretary, Smithsonian Institute. Experimental tandem biplane on Potomac embodying Langley principles." Last seen here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Your Turn: 1941

Your Turn: 1941

      Time for our weekly check-in with the girls of Apartment 3G. (Or is it 3X?) Another round of Cokes, and let's get comfortable!

The next entry in a curious set of photos from the Office of War Information archive, taken by Arthur Siegel in the summer of 1941 in Detroit. View full size.

 

The Gray Hornets: 1911

The Gray Hornets: 1911

1911. "Christ's College 1st XV rugby team." Glass plate negative from the Steffano Webb studio in Christchurch, New Zealand. View full size.

 

Railroad Crossing: 1906

Railroad Crossing: 1906

The Mississippi River circa 1906. "Kansas City & Memphis Railway bridge at Memphis, Tennessee." Where you'll find the Mary Bell. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Yam and Eggs: 1943

Yam and Eggs: 1943

June 1943. Keysville, Virginia. "Randolph Henry High School. Cafeteria. Students don't have much money so they bring produce from farms for which they receive tickets. Lunches cost about 15 cents. Typical lunch: candied yams, macaroni and cheese, fruit salad, deviled eggs, dessert and milk. Milk is free and children can have as much as they want." Let's not forget beans, which seem to be in abundance. Photo by Philip Bonn, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

White Flash: 1943

White Flash: 1943

June 1943. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Women garage attendants at the Atlantic Refining Company." The hard part here was figuring out that crazy clamshell hood. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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