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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

G-Man Jr.: 1917

G-Man Jr.: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Hoover, John Edgar." The future head of the FBI in his early 20s. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Stage Door: 1956

Stage Door: 1956

May 27, 1956. Dayton, Ohio. Elvis Presley with his cousin Gene Smith backstage at the University of Dayton field house, on the threshold of superstardom. 35mm negative by Phillip Harrington for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Railroad Pageant: 1939

Railroad Pageant: 1939

May 27, 1939. "New York World's Fair, railroad pageant. Final curtain, locomotives." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

St. Patrick's Cathedral: 1907

St. Patrick's Cathedral: 1907

New York circa 1907. "Interior of St. Patrick's Cathedral." Faith and Begorrah! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Montreal: 1916

Montreal: 1916

Circa 1916. "St. Catherine Street, Montreal, Quebec." Je me souviens. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Shady Rest: 1914

Shady Rest: 1914

"Visiting Nurses' Association, Grand Army of the Republic National Encampment, 1914, tents, Grand Circus Park, Detroit." A reunion of Civil War veterans. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Transplant: 1939

Transplant: 1939

October 1939. "Oklahoman, worked three years as farm laborer, starts next year on his own place. Quit school after third day. Can neither read nor write. Is 'best farm laborer' this farmer ever had. Near Ontario, Malheur County, Oregon." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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