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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.

 
 
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Meet Miss Vroom: 1920

Meet Miss Vroom: 1920

UPDATE: the photo now has a caption.

May 25, 1923. Miss Grace Gloria Ahr, chosen to be the modern emulator of Cleopatra in the "Congress of the Seas" during Shrine Week.

From the other end of the forgotten-Washington spectrum comes this unlabeled Harris & Ewing plate from around 1920. 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

House Sitter: 1923

House Sitter: 1923

Update: This is the west side of Blagden Alley. Details in the comments here. "City rowhouses, 1923." Another view of back-alley Washington, D.C., and its long-forgotten habitues. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The King and His Castle: 1956

The King and His Castle: 1956

Elvis Presley, at the love-me-tender age of 21 in 1956, at the house he bought for himself and his parents at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis. Cadillacs and Harley sold separately. 35mm negative by Phillip Harrington. View full size.

 

Scarf Chic: 1952

Scarf Chic: 1952

June 20, 1952. "Scarves by Vera, 417 Fifth Avenue, interior. Marcel Breuer, architect." Our second look at the atelier of this minimalist modiste. Oh, and: scarves! Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Vera Neumann: 1952

Vera Neumann: 1952

June 20, 1952. "Scarves by Vera, 417 Fifth Avenue, New York. Vera at door. Marcel Breuer, architect." If you hope to see some actual scarves here, you are hopelessly unsophisticated. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Whistler's Brother: 1936

Whistler's Brother: 1936

1936. High Point, North Carolina. "Housing. Bedroom in company-owned home of workers in Highland Cotton Mills. This is one of the best there." Who are the glamor girls on the wall? Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

On a Lighter Note: 1919

On a Lighter Note: 1919

The Metropolitan Opera contralto Louise Homer with husband Sidney and their brood circa 1919, sunnier but moldier than when we last saw them. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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