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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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Payday: 1905

Payday: 1905

Circa 1905. "Payday for the stevedores. Baltimore, Maryland." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Tykes n Trikes: 1941

Tykes n Trikes: 1941

September 1941. "Children play in safety in the Federal Housing Administration low-income housing project at Holyoke, Massachusetts." Photo by John Collier for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Miss Swan: 1927

Miss Swan: 1927

Washington, D.C., 1927. "Woman with swans." Snacktime on the Potomac with a cast of unknowns. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Combat Fighters: 1941

Combat Fighters: 1941

September 1941. "Millworkers' children. Holyoke, Massachusetts." The planes look like fun, but we'll take that comic book. Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

Cuban Cargo: 1904

Cuban Cargo: 1904

Cuba circa 1904. "Muelle San Francisco, Havana." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Fleetwood: 1960

Fleetwood: 1960

"Fleetwood television circa 1960." Studio of Gordon Burt, Wellington, New Zealand. We don't guess this would stream Amazon or Netflix. View full size.

 

Park Transfer: 1925

Park Transfer: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. Something for the railfans, something for the truckfans. "O.D. Boyle" is all it says here. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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