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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

What Goes Up: 1925

What Goes Up: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Future home of Federal-American National Bank." Seven years after moving into its new quarters in 1926 the bank collapsed, financially speaking, although the building still stands at 14th and G streets. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Adult Swim: 1942

Adult Swim: 1942

July 1942. "Sunbathers on the grass next to the municipal swimming pool on Sunday." The pasty white underbelly of wartime Washington. Medium format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Stadium Parking: 1942

Stadium Parking: 1942

July 1942. Washington, D.C. "Spectators at a baseball game: wives, sweethearts and children of the players; passersby and regular fans." Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Maryland Crab House: 1938

Maryland Crab House: 1938

July 1938. "House in Negro section of Baltimore, Maryland." Crabs and clams to go, please. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Kentucky Moonshine: 1938

Kentucky Moonshine: 1938

May 1938. "Houses in Atlanta, Georgia." Last seen here, two years earlier in a picture snapped by Walker Evans. An interesting study in contrasts, or lack thereof. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Where's My Remote: 1938

Where's My Remote: 1938

July 1938. "Garages in alley behind row houses. Baltimore, Maryland." Which one is ours again? Medium format nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Raggedy Andy: 1938

Raggedy Andy: 1938

July 1938. "Young boy in Baltimore slum area." Potential model for the A&F catalog. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 
 
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