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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

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.

 

Fill In the Blanks: 1931

Fill In the Blanks: 1931

UPDATE: The photo now has a caption.

Signs the president's name. Mrs. Leafie E. Dietz, recently appointed the "Secretary to Sign Land Patents," a position in the Government Land Office which, since its creation under President Arthur, has been held only by women. She signs "Herbert Hoover" to land patents and is the only person who has authority to sign the President's name.

Washington circa 1930. The document at hand in this unlabeled Harris & Ewing negative is a form ready for the signature of Herbert Hoover. Perhaps someone versed in bureaucratic history will recognize this lady. View full size.

 

DeSales Alley: 1923

DeSales Alley: 1923

Washington, D.C. "City rowhouses, 1923." A coal wagon in DeSales Alley. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Candid Camera: 1950

Candid Camera: 1950

Circa 1950 comes this news flash of Mom from the "Linda" Kodachromes, somewhere in New England. The 21st century says hello! View full size.

Saludos Amigos: 1943

Saludos Amigos: 1943

March 1943. "New York, N.Y. Times Square on a rainy day." Now playing: Disney's "Saludos Amigos." Afterward we can grab a bite at the Automat. Medium format negative by John Vachon, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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