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About the Photos

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 • CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Chicago: 1956

Chicago: 1956

"Chicago, November 1956." 35mm Kodachrome from the Kermy & Janet archive, and possibly a train trip from Baltimore to the Windy City. View full size.

 

Modern Motorist: 1908

Modern Motorist: 1908

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1908. "Mrs. John E. Harris." At the wheel of a shiny new Jackson. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Thelma & Louise: 1924

Thelma & Louise: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Washington Hunt motor car." The building is the Joaquin Miller cabin at Rock Creek Park. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Fiddling With Bias: 1939

Fiddling With Bias: 1939

February 1939. "Mr. Bias, former cowboy, now travels around the country in a trailer. Has private income. Weslaco, Texas." What does Mr. Bias play? Why, he plays favorites! Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Admin. View full size.

 

Billy and the Giant: 1912

Billy and the Giant: 1912

June 27, 1912. Rye, New York. "Wells & Coffey." English heavyweight champion "Bombardier" Billy Wells, left, sparring with Jim Coffey, the Roscommon Giant, to prepare for his fight with Al Palzer. Palzer won by a knockout in the third round. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Party Animals: 1950

Party Animals: 1950

"Linda's third birthday -- 1950." Our second visit with Linda, who despite being only 3 already seems a little jaded. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Ice Inc.: 1939

Ice Inc.: 1939

February 1939. "Ice for sale. Harlingen, Texas." Pointy pick? Check. Telephone? Yes. Cash register? Yew betcha. Ginormous ball of twine? Natch. Big block of you-know-what? Right here. Snazzy socks to seal the deal? Done and done. Looks like we are in the ice business! Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 
 
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