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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.

 
 
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Paper Doll: 1936

Paper Doll: 1936

May 1936. "Kitchen of Ozarks cabin purchased for Lake of the Ozarks project. Missouri." Photo by Carl Mydans, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

All My Kittens: 1914

All My Kittens: 1914

From almost 100 years ago: "Dog in costume of dress and lady's hat pushing cart with three kittens." Middle Kitten is quite the trouper, having appeared in several other pictures in this series by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

High and Dry: 1920

High and Dry: 1920

Circa 1920, more trend-setting swimwear from New Zealand. "Young people in swimming costumes, Christchurch." Glass plate by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Lincoln Garage: 1925

Lincoln Garage: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Warfield Motor Co. service station." Note the speaking tube in the driver's compartment of the limousine. View full size.

 

All You Can Drink: 1908

All You Can Drink: 1908

The Jersey Shore circa 1908. "On the Boardwalk, Atlantic City." Advertising signage competes for our attention in this view -- Saratoga Root Beer & Ginger Ale ("All you wish to drink for 5 cts") vying with Helmar Cigarettes and Young's Million-Dollar Pier ("INFANT INCUBATOR WITH LIVING INFANTS"). 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mary Tyler Noir: 1963

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Mary Tyler Noir: 1963

Another glimpse of Mary Tyler Moore, a.k.a. Laura Petrie, on the set of the "Dick Van Dyke Show" in 1963, photographed by Earl Theisen for the article "America's Favorite TV Wife" in Look magazine. View full size.

Washington Rustic: 1923

Washington Rustic: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "City houses." One in a series of Harris & Ewing plates documenting the national capital's poorer quarters. View full size.

 
 
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