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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

A Cartful of Kittens: 1914

A Cartful of Kittens: 1914

Circa 1914. "Puppy leading pony cart carrying three kittens." So sweet, you could pour this on your pancakes. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Space Ranger: 1953

Space Ranger: 1953

One of a series of professional 8x10 pictures taken in August 1953 for Better Living Magazine, featuring my in-laws. Here's my brother-in-law at age 5. View full size.

Now That's Italian: 1955

Now That's Italian: 1955

1955. "Opera singer Ezio Pinza and his wife Doris at home cooking a family meal with their children; the family enjoying a candlelit meal in their dining room. Includes the family making pasta." Photos by Kenneth Eide for the Look magazine article "Ezio Pinza's Old-Country Food Goes American." View full size.

Aerial Tragedy: 1938

Aerial Tragedy: 1938

Nov. 9, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Two killed in Army plane crash. Two U.S. Army fliers -- Lieut. Col. Leslie MacDill, General Staff Corps Officer, and Private Joseph G. Gloxner, were burned to death today in the worst aerial tragedy in the history of the Capital when their plane crashed in the street in Anacostia, a short distance from Bolling Field. Three automobiles were wrecked in the crash. Col. MacDill was piloting the plane." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Super Suds: 1942

Super Suds: 1942

May 1942. "Greenbelt, Maryland. Father and son shopping in the cooperative store." Next, kid, I'll teach ya to shop for tobacco products. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Jupiter's Darling: 1954

Jupiter's Darling: 1954

Esther Williams, star of silver screen and swimming pool who died yesterday at age 91, shown filming a scene for the underwater epic "Jupiter's Darling" in 1954. Photo by Earl Theisen and Robert Vose for Look magazine. View full size.

D-Day: New York

D-Day: New York

New York, June 6, 1944. ALLIED ARMIES LAND ON COAST OF FRANCE. GREAT INVASION OF CONTINENT BEGINS. "D-Day. Crowd watching the news line on the New York Times building at Times Square." Photo by Howard Hollem or Edward Meyer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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