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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Just Add Water: 1922

Just Add Water: 1922

Atlantic City circa 1922. "Four young ladies on a roof." Who can put a name to any of these lovely faces? 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Animal Call: 1914

Animal Call: 1914

1914. "Puppy dressed as a woman, standing on chair to use telephone." Rover can sit, stay and speak, but can she gossip? Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Desert Guns: 1937

Desert Guns: 1937

June 1937. "Idle men attend the morning movies. There are three such movies in one block. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Keith's Organ: 1928

Keith's Organ: 1928

Washington. D.C., 1928. "Miss Irene Juno interprets the action pictured on the screen at Keith's Theater on the new $30,000 Wurlitzer orchestral unit recently installed to give the films added potency." Up next: "I'm Looking Around (For a Mate)." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Midcentury Manhattan: 1950

Midcentury Manhattan: 1950

March 14, 1950. "New York City views. Manhattan skyline from City Hospital." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Some Assembly Required: 1906

Some Assembly Required: 1906

1906. "Great Lakes Engineering Works, Ecorse, Michigan. Steamer James Laughlin at left." Now where'd I put that instruction sheet? View full size.

 

Laurey and Curly: 1954

Laurey and Curly: 1954

Shirley Jones and Gordon MacRae in 1954 filming a scene for the Technicolor version of the musical "Oklahoma!" Photo by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine article "Shirley Jones: The Girl From Oklahoma!" View full size.

 
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