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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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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.

 

Homer at Home: 1919

Homer at Home: 1919

New York circa 1919. "Homer." The Metropolitan Opera contralto Louise Homer, aunt of Samuel Barber, and five of her six children with the composer Sidney Homer. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Backstage With Elvis: 1956

Backstage With Elvis: 1956

May 27, 1956. Dayton, Ohio. A 21-year-old Elvis Presley with his cousin Gene Smith backstage at the University of Dayton field house, where they sang for a zillion swooning coeds. 35mm negative by Phillip Harrington. View full size.

 

Bachelor Miner: 1937

Bachelor Miner: 1937

March 1937. Scotts Run, West Virginia. "Employed bachelor coal miner at home in Sessa Hill. This scene is typical of hundreds of bachelors who belong to a group of immigrants whose family was separated by immigration restrictions. This man may, or may not, have a wife in another country." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. Decor by Coca-Cola. Large format acetate negative. View full size.

 

The Postal Tower: 1908

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The Postal Tower: 1908

Circa 1908. "Post office in Lowell, Massachusetts." Municipal architecture with a Venetian flavor. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Blessing: 1942

The Blessing: 1942

March 1942. Washington, D.C. "After a hard day's work in the Library of Congress, Jewel Mazique sits down to dinner with her niece." Medium-format negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Burned Out: 1942

Burned Out: 1942

May 1942. "Washington, D.C. Scrap salvage campaign, Victory Program. 'Old Ironside' is written on this stove found in warehouse of wholesale junk dealer." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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