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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Salty Alice: 1909

Salty Alice: 1909

March 1909. Hartford, Conn. "Newsgirls waiting for papers. Largest girl, Alice Goldman, has been selling for 4 years. Newsdealer says she uses viler language than the newsboys do. Bessie Goldman and Bessie Brownstein are 9 years old and have been selling about one year. All sell until 7 or 7:30 p.m." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Linked In: 1924

Linked In: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "By merely plugging the head telephone in the wall above the bed, each bedridden soldier in Walter Reed Hospital is provided with radio entertainment. A central radio system in the basement of this hospital feeds 900 head telephones scattered throughout the building." View full size.

 

Nineteenth Ward Bank: 1908

Nineteenth Ward Bank: 1908

        The idea behind the 19th Ward Bank, run by the Provident Loan Society, has been described as "a government-approved pawnshop for the indigent." The building, designed by William Ralph Emerson (cousin of Ralph Waldo), survives largely intact.

New York circa 1908. "19th Ward Bank, 72nd Street Branch." A curiously teensy bank scaled like a cemetery monument. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Texas Tykes: 1936

Texas Tykes: 1936

Summer 1936. "Children of homesteaders in Wichita Gardens, Texas, one of the subsistence colonies sponsored by the Farm Security Administration." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

 

Junior Hop: 1953

Junior Hop: 1953

1953. "College students attending party with a tropical theme." Photo by Charlotte Brooks for the Look magazine assignment "Junior Hop." View full size.

I Was a Secretary for the FBI

I Was a Secretary for the FBI

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Federal Bureau of Investigation. Miss Helen Gandy, secretary to J. Edgar Hoover." Photo by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Open Wide: 1908

Open Wide: 1908

Detroit circa 1908. "Grand Circus building." Named after the large, semicircular park nearby, and home to a curiously high concentration of dentists. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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