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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

Liz: 1956

Liz: 1956

1956. "Actress Elizabeth Taylor." Photo by Richard Avedon for the Look magazine assignment "The Elizabeth Taylor Story: A Woman at Last." View full size.

Sachs Third Avenue: 1940

Sachs Third Avenue: 1940

November 5, 1940. "Sachs Quality Furniture Inc., 150th Street & Third Avenue, New York. General exterior, daylight. Morris Lapidus, Ross-Frankel Inc., clients." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Bike Raffle: 1954

Bike Raffle: 1954

Carefree postwar boys, complete with a Beaver Cleaver look-alike, participating in a bicycle registration day in Lafayette, Indiana. The event began in the iconic city park, where the kids' bicycles were inspected and registered, and this raffle was held for a free bicycle. Later, they rode through town in a bicycle parade led by two local police officers on three-wheel motorcycles. View full size.

Spacely Sprockets: 1956

Spacely Sprockets: 1956

1956. "General Motors Technical Center. Warren, Mich. Design Center interior. Eero Saarinen, architect." Kodachrome by Balthazar Korab. View full size.

 

Domeliner: 1940

Domeliner: 1940

September 1940. Washington, D.C. "Railroad tracks with view of the U.S. Capitol in background." Photo by Edwin Rosskam. View full size.

 

Teamwork: 1939

Teamwork: 1939

April 7, 1939. "Twins become mothers together for second time in less than two years. Accustomed to doing practically the same things all their lives, these Washington twins, now mothers, have apparently decided that having their children together would certainly be in order. The mothers, Mrs. Eileen Moon, left, and Mrs. Kathleen Robie, last week gave birth to daughters to set a new record at Columbia Maternity Hospital. Mrs. Moon's youngster, whom she named Carol, was born on March 29, while Mrs. Robie's new daughter Nancy Lee first saw the light of day on April 1. This same thing happened in July 1937 when Mrs. Robie gave birth to a girl and a few hours later Mrs. Moon's baby, a boy, arrived." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Triboro TB: 1940

Triboro TB: 1940

December 23, 1940. "Triboro Hospital for Tuberculosis. Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens. Typical six-bed ward, to balcony. Eggers & Higgins, architect." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 
 
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