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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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Ice Cream Squad: 1926

Ice Cream Squad: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Semmes Motor Co. -- Fussell Ice Cream trucks." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

A Fistful of Daisies: 1930s

A Fistful of Daisies: 1930s

The caption label has fallen off this Harris & Ewing glass negative, so we can invent our own: "Circa 1930s. Possibly notable lady trims lawn in or around Washington, D.C., with Ajax Ball Bearing reel mower." View full size.

 

Children of the Corn: 1917

Children of the Corn: 1917

1917. Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "Boy Scout farm on the Potomac." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Miss Cleveland: 1918

Miss Cleveland: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. In the inimitable stylings of Harris & Ewing: "Cleveland, Esther, Miss. Group." Esther Cleveland at right, daughter of Grover Cleveland, the only presidential child born in the White House. View full size.

 

Roosevelt-Fairbanks: 1904

Roosevelt-Fairbanks: 1904

1904. Portland, Maine. "Looking down Congress Street from Congress Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Small Farmer: 1948

Small Farmer: 1948

"1948." Our young man explores his agricultural inclinations with a Farmall tractor. 35mm Kodachrome slide found on eBay. View full size.

Pass the Pepper: 1940

Pass the Pepper: 1940

May 1940. "Mrs. Marinus W. Hansen, wife of Farm Security Administration rehabilitation farmer in Box Elder County, Utah, has dinner with her three children. On the table are home-produced milk, homemade bread, home-canned peaches, home-churned butter and fish caught by the three children the day this picture was taken. Homemade dill pickles provided a relish." Medium-format nitrate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 
 
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