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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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The Rat Pack: 1957

The Rat Pack: 1957

Our latest from the Janet & Kermy Kodachromes is labeled "Nawakwa 1957." Which I am pretty sure is not a Bill Murray movie. View full size.

Rock and Roll: 1956

Rock and Roll: 1956

Elvis Presley at a 1956 concert date; we're counting the minutes until someone can tell us which one. Photo by Phillip Harrington for Look. View full size.

 

Spring Break: 1941

Spring Break: 1941

March 5, 1941. "Raleigh Hotel, Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida. Pool from center. L. Murray Dixon, architect." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

The Road to Mecca: 1923

The Road to Mecca: 1923

Reviewing stands set up for the Shriners Convention of June 1923, which hosted a quarter-million delegates from lodges and temples across the United States in Washington for a week of parades along Pennsylvania Avenue, strung with thousands of lights and rechristened the "Road to Mecca" at a time when interest in fraternal organizations was at its peak. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

Some Doffer Boys: 1909

Some Doffer Boys: 1909

January 1909. Macon, Georgia. "Some doffer boys." For those of us rusty on our cotton mill terminology, the job entailed the removal ("doffing") and replacement of thread bobbins when they were empty. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Commission. View full size.

 

Evinrude Girl: 1913

Evinrude Girl: 1913

1913. "Young woman posed with an Evinrude outboard motor." Able to outrun any lad with a Johnson. R.R. Johnstone photo studio, Milwaukee. View full size.

 

Daddy's Little Farmer: 1939

Daddy's Little Farmer: 1939

October 1939. "Mr. Dougherty and one of the children. Warm Springs district, Malheur County, Oregon." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 
 
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