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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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Psst! Bear in a Ranger Hat?

Psst! Bear in a Ranger Hat?

April 1923. Washington, D.C. Another unlabeled Harris & Ewing plate, showing someone we imagine to be the bureaucrat tasked with kindling fire-prevention slogans. Say, does it seem a little smokey in here? View full size.

 

In the Building: 1956

In the Building: 1956

May 1956, in the field house at University of Dayton, in the presence of The One. 35mm negative by Phillip Harrington for Look magazine. View full size.

 

A Nice Round Number: 1935

A Nice Round Number: 1935

October 1935. Marysville, California. "Agricultural worker in migrant camp figuring his year's earnings," i.e. a rubber check. Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Fresh Up: 1937

Fresh Up: 1937

September 1937. "Icehouse. Rosslyn, Virginia." Just across the Potomac from Washington, the home of beer, wine and 7-Up from 7 to 7, as well as one cool cat. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Meet Miss Vroom: 1920

Meet Miss Vroom: 1920

UPDATE: the photo now has a caption.

May 25, 1923. Miss Grace Gloria Ahr, chosen to be the modern emulator of Cleopatra in the "Congress of the Seas" during Shrine Week.

From the other end of the forgotten-Washington spectrum comes this unlabeled Harris & Ewing plate from around 1920. 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

House Sitter: 1923

House Sitter: 1923

Update: This is the west side of Blagden Alley. Details in the comments here. "City rowhouses, 1923." Another view of back-alley Washington, D.C., and its long-forgotten habitues. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The King and His Castle: 1956

The King and His Castle: 1956

Elvis Presley, at the love-me-tender age of 21 in 1956, at the house he bought for himself and his parents at 1034 Audubon Drive in Memphis. Cadillacs and Harley sold separately. 35mm negative by Phillip Harrington. View full size.

 
 
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