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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 • CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Baby Buffet: 1919

Baby Buffet: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Maternity ward. Nurses with babies." Please have your claim check ready. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Russian Navy: 1893

Russian Navy: 1893

New York, 1893. "Columbian Naval Review. Group of sailors, Imperial Russian Navy." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Federal Castle: 1905

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Federal Castle: 1905

Circa 1905. "Federal building -- Springfield, Mass. Custom House and Post Office." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Truck Stop Diners: 1943

Truck Stop Diners: 1943

March 1943. "Pearlington, Mississippi (vicinity). Truck drivers at a highway coffee stop on U.S. Highway 90." Who's up for a slice of apple pie? Medium format negative by John Vachon, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Crunch Time: 1923

Crunch Time: 1923

Washington circa 1923. "Auto crash in woods." Continuing our series on vehicular mayhem around the nation's capital. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

Enchanté: 1937

Enchanté: 1937

October 1937. "Family of Joe Kramer, farmer near Williston, North Dakota." Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Dakota Drug: 1937

Dakota Drug: 1937

October 1937. "Drug store. Stanley, North Dakota." Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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