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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 • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Apple Saucy: 1927

Apple Saucy: 1927

Washington, D.C., or vicinity. 1927. "Girls with apples." Possibly promoting National Apple Week. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Memphis Bridge: 1985

Memphis Bridge: 1985

"Memphis Bridge spanning Mississippi River between Memphis, Tennessee, and West Memphis, Arkansas. Cantilever span detail, view to southwest." 1985 photo by Clayton B. Fraser for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 

Mrs. Gladski: 1938

Mrs. Gladski: 1938

1938. "Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Joe Gladski, wife of a coal miner at Maple Hill." Photo by Sheldon Dick, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Power Steering: 1943

Power Steering: 1943

March 1943. "A truck driver on U.S. Highway 29 near Charlottesville, Virginia." Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Cabanarama: 1955

Cabanarama: 1955

March 30, 1955. "Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach. Roof view of pool, cabanas and garden. Morris Lapidus, architect." The valet will be happy to park your Cadillac. Large-format acetate negative by Samuel H. Gottscho. View full size.

 

Domestic Cats: 1914

Domestic Cats: 1914

Two things you cannot escape:

        1. The Spanish Inquisition.
        2. The costumed cats of Harry W. Frees

1914. "Kittens in costume preparing to make tea with kettle boiling on toy stove." Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Bridge Out: 1865

Bridge Out: 1865

April 1865. "Richmond, Va. Ruins of Richmond & Petersburg Railroad bridge." Span over the James River, burned by Confederate troops before the advancing Federal Army. Wet plate negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 
 
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