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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Tween Dream: 1924

Tween Dream: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Dancers." Damsels diaphanously draped, at one with nature. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Glass Paints Oils: 1937

Glass Paints Oils: 1937

Circa 1937. "Hardware store, 906 Bourbon Street, New Orleans." Carrying a full line of protectants and preservatives, none of which seem to be suitable for the store itself. 8x10 acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Powerhouse: 1920

Powerhouse: 1920

      On this Labor Day 2013, Shorpy wishes everyone a meaningful and at least momentary break from toil.

"Powerhouse Mechanic and Steam Pump" (1920). One of Lewis Wickes Hine's celebrated "work portraits" made after he completed his decade-long project documenting child labor. View full size.

 

Burlesk & Butter: 1943

Burlesk & Butter: 1943

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland -- a street scene. Light Street." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Roughing It: 1905

Roughing It: 1905

New Zealand circa 1905. "Sumner, Christchurch. Interior of large tent decorated with posters and picture postcards, with tallboy and mirror, trunks with flags, lamps and 'Myrtle Camp' sign." For the men of Myrtle Camp, all the comforts of home and then some. Glass plate by Adam Maclay. View full size.

Golden Era: 1908

Golden Era: 1908

Circa 1908. "North Adams, Massachusetts -- Church Street." Let's meet under the elm tree. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Texters, LOL: 1864

Texters, LOL: 1864

August 1864. "Petersburg, Virginia. Army of the Potomac. Two youthful military telegraph operators at headquarters." Habitues of the Victorian Internet. Wet plate negative, half of stereograph pair, by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. View full size.

 
 
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