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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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Piano Prodigy: 1922

Piano Prodigy: 1922

November 1922. New York. "Evelione Taglione, 16-year-old pianist." As pictured, maybe a little closer to playing the violin. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Pier Group: 1904

Pier Group: 1904

New York circa 1904. "Manhasset. Bathing at Manhanset House, Shelter Island." Poised boys and a girl. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Afterparty: 1953

Afterparty: 1953

"Tedfords' party." Let's get a jump start on the weekend with this circa 1953 outtake from the "Linda" Kodachromes and its inventory of mid-century kitchen gear, starring what used to be called an "electric sink." View full size.

Open Wide: 1900

Open Wide: 1900

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1900. "Williamson Building, Euclid Avenue." And the Painless Dentists continue their stealthy urban infiltration. View full size.

 

Flushing New York: 1943

Flushing New York: 1943

March 1943. "New York, New York. Department of Sanitation street flushing sprinkler truck." One in a series of photos taken by John Vachon for the Office of War Information documenting trucks in the Northeast. View full size.

 

The Little Sleep: 1936

The Little Sleep: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Setting eyes in sleeping dolls (Jewish) A plus." Whatever that means. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Meet the Fokker: 1929

Meet the Fokker: 1929

Sept. 29, 1929. Washington, D.C. "Fokker F-32 transport plane at Bolling Field." Note unusual back-to-back engine arrangement (and mechanic stationed aft to keep people from being pureed). National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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