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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Lady of the Flies: 1936

Lady of the Flies: 1936

November 1936. "Children and home of migratory cotton workers. Migratory camp, southern San Joaquin Valley, California." Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Old Amsterdam: 1941

Old Amsterdam: 1941

October 1941. "Amsterdam, New York." Walnut and East Main on a rainy day. Dare you to "Ring Bell for Taxi." Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Full Nelson: 1953

Full Nelson: 1953

January 1953. "Ozzie, Harriet, David, and Ricky Nelson of television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," a sitcom that ran from 1952 to 1966. Color transparency by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Beached: 1942

Beached: 1942

June 1942. "Redding, California. Youngsters at the beach." Kids these days! Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Richmond in Ruins: 1865

Richmond in Ruins: 1865

April 1865. "Fallen Richmond -- Custom House (left) and Virginia State Capitol; rubble in street." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Are You Ready for Some Cricket?

Are You Ready for Some Cricket?

1913. "Marist Brothers cricket team, Christchurch, N.Z." A thrilling sport that has yet to make its way to these shores. Steffano Webb glass plate. View full size.

 

Havana Harbor: 1904

Havana Harbor: 1904

Havana, Cuba, circa 1904. "Harbor and Muelle Luz (Light Pier)." Note shipwreck at right. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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