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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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The Doll Dresser: 1936

The Doll Dresser: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Dressing and packing dolls." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

And His Little Dog, Too: 1938

And His Little Dog, Too: 1938

July 1938. "Man who lives in row house. Baltimore, Maryland." Walkies, anyone? Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Imperial Navy: 1893

Imperial Navy: 1893

1893. "Columbian Naval Review. Ship's company, Russian Navy." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Shady Business: 1920

Shady Business: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Hooper & Klesner Building, 12th & H Streets." This block would seem to be Windowshade Central for the nation's capital. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Pool Rules: 1942

Pool Rules: 1942

July 1942. Washington, D.C. "Municipal swimming pool on Sunday." Remember: Sitting confined to sign. Photo by Marjory Collins for the OWI. View full size.

 

Plaza Hotel: 1912

Plaza Hotel: 1912

New York circa 1912. "Plaza Hotel, Fifth Avenue at 59th Street." The original "big box." 5x7 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Sickly Newsie: 1910

The Sickly Newsie: 1910

June 1910. Philadelphia, Pa. "Michael McNelis, 8 years old, a newsboy. This boy has just recovered from his second attack of pneumonia. Was found selling papers in a big rainstorm today." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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