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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Family Time: 1939

Family Time: 1939

February 1939. "White migrant family in trailer home near Edinburg, Texas." Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Snow Globe: 1902

Snow Globe: 1902

Detroit circa 1902. "Winter study, Grand Circus Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Urban Eskimos: 1961

Urban Eskimos: 1961

"Snow igloo, 1961." Somewhere in Baltimore near Kermy and Janet's house. Note the variety of lunch-carriers. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Schrafft's: 1948

Schrafft's: 1948

June 9, 1948. New York. "Schrafft's, Esso Building, Rockefeller Center. 51st Street exterior. Carson & Lundin architects." Ubiquitous in urban areas, slightly upscale, tastefully decorated -- Schrafft's was something like the mid-century restaurant version of Starbucks. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Car Culture: 1939

Car Culture: 1939

February 1939. "Migrant laborer's family near Canal Point packinghouse, Florida." 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Smoke Monster: 1905

Smoke Monster: 1905

Circa 1905. "Transfer steamer Detroit of Detroit in the ice." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Young Moderns: 1952

The Young Moderns: 1952

Alfresco dining on the patio circa 1952 in this unlabeled Kodachrome. Do I hear Brubeck on the hi-fi? Third in the "Linda" series of 35mm slides. View full size.

 
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