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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 • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Sex Was My Racket: 1943

Sex Was My Racket: 1943

March 1943. "Barstow, California. A brakeman on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad resting in his caboose at night." Pinup reading material includes: SLENDERIZE YOUR HIPS and SEX WAS MY RACKET. Medium-format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Market Street: 1907

Market Street: 1907

Continuing our tour of Louisville. "Market Street and Lincoln Savings Bank." Two things to watch out for when crossing the street in Louisville: No. 1, streetcars, and No. 2. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Strolling Through the Park: 1907

Strolling Through the Park: 1907

Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1907. "Central Park." Quite possibly in the merry month of May. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Proceed With Caution: 1917

Proceed With Caution: 1917

New York circa 1917. "Frances White." The vaudeville star transitions from dressing room to kitchen with director close at hand. Let's hope they make enough for everyone! 5x7 inch glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Light Cleaning: 1943

Light Cleaning: 1943

March 1943. "Needles, Calif. Electrician B. Fitzgerald cleaning the headlight of a locomotive at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe yard. All engines operating west of Needles are equipped with hooded headlights in accordance with the blackout regulations." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Plane Doctor: 1942

Plane Doctor: 1942

August 1942. "Women in white doctor Navy planes (motors) at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. Mildred Webb, an National Youth Administration trainee at the base, is learning to operate a cutting machine in the Assembly and Repair Department. After about eight weeks as an apprentice she will be eligible for a civil service job in the capacity for which she has been trained." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Velocipedes R Us: 1940

Velocipedes R Us: 1940

December 1940. "Window display for Christmas sale. Providence, Rhode Island." "Billy" now just 89 cents! 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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