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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Sport Mart: 1923

Sport Mart: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Sport Mart, 1410 New York Avenue N.W." Continuing our day of window-shopping. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Window-Dressing: 1941

Window-Dressing: 1941

July 1941. "Store window display. Chicago, Illinois." High concept retailing -- one's eye is drawn immediately to the fancy footwear on display. Or maybe summers in Chicago are just especially hot? We'll leave the interpretation up to you. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Mr. Bojangles: 1938

Mr. Bojangles: 1938

Summer 1938. "Street scene, New York City." Here's a fellow who looks like he has a story to tell. Medium format negative by Jack Allison. View full size.

 

One-Chevy Home: 1964

One-Chevy Home: 1964

My dad was born in Maryland and lived there until he was 12. In 1964 he and my mother visited old family friends the Winklers in Silver Spring. This is their house where they stayed, my mother Janice sitting on the front steps. She was pregnant with my sister at the time. View full size.

Pier 4: 1905

Pier 4: 1905

Circa 1905. "C. & O. terminal piers, Newport News, Virginia." The Kanawha in port. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Traffic-Stopper: 1941

Traffic-Stopper: 1941

"Michigan Avenue, Chicago, July 1941." And just a block ago, they were strangers. 35mm negative by John Vachon, who has a lens for the ladies. View full size.

 

Animal Farm: 1936

Animal Farm: 1936

May 1936. "Sheep ranch in Converse County, Wyoming." Medium-format neg by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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