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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Wood Nymphs: 1924

Wood Nymphs: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Dancers." Welcome to the Stevie Nicks Day Camp for Girls. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Big House: 1925

The Big House: 1925

      UPDATE: The location is the old Maplewood estate near Lewinsville in Fairfax County, Virginia; the 1874 Second Empire mansion, at 7676 Old Springhouse Road in what's now McLean, was known as Villa Nuova. The residence was demolished in 1970; whatever connection it might have had to Woodrow Wilson is unknown. Hat tip to Shorpy member Wiggy.

Circa 1925. "Woodrow Wilson house." No other information provided. (Not pictured: Tweety and Sylvester in the parlor, going at it hammer and tongs.) National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Winter Job: 1910

Winter Job: 1910

December 1910. "Hard work and dangerous for such a young boy. James O'Dell, a greaser and coupler on the tipple of the Cross Mountain Mine, Knoxville Iron Co., in the vicinity of Coal Creek, Tennessee. James has been here four months. Helps push these heavily loaded cars. Appears to be about 12 or 13 years old." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

A Wedding: 1955

A Wedding: 1955

From the Linda Kodachromes comes this circa 1955 slide labeled "Wedding." We hear the deviled eggs in the reception hall are first-rate. View full size.

The Milwaukee Road: 1943

The Milwaukee Road: 1943

January 1943. "A Chicago, Milwaukee, Saint Paul & Pacific Railroad train just arrived at Chicago Union Station." Medium format nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Speedy Cyclists: 1913

Speedy Cyclists: 1913

Christchurch, New Zealand, circa 1913. "Jack Suckling (center right with watch chain) and cyclists outside Speedy Cycle Works, Manchester Street. Champion cyclist Phil O'Shea is third from right." Photo by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Good Vibrations: 1926

Good Vibrations: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Dancers -- chorus girl using electric massage vibrator." Well, um, okay. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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