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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Pass the Pepper: 1940

Pass the Pepper: 1940

May 1940. "Mrs. Marinus W. Hansen, wife of Farm Security Administration rehabilitation farmer in Box Elder County, Utah, has dinner with her three children. On the table are home-produced milk, homemade bread, home-canned peaches, home-churned butter and fish caught by the three children the day this picture was taken. Homemade dill pickles provided a relish." Medium-format nitrate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

This Tall: 1936

This Tall: 1936

July 1936. "John Frederick of Grant County, North Dakota, shows how high his wheat would grow if there were no drought." Medium-format nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Handsome Hoya: 1925

Handsome Hoya: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Grigsby, Georgetown." Hilltop star center Claude Grigsby, "a well-built, iron-muscled lad from Chicago," according to the Washington Post. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Newspaper Row: 1921

Newspaper Row: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Washington Post building, 1339 E Street." Neighbors are the Washington Times in the much bigger Munsey Trust Building, and a Chinese restaurant ("Canton Pagoda") to the left. Out front, signs with the day's headlines as well as racing results, and a Dalton "Adding/Listing and Calculating Machines" truck. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Hidden Dangers: 1920

Hidden Dangers: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Dixie Theater crowd, H Street." Now playing: "Hidden Dangers" (Episode 2, "The Murder Mood"), "The Primal Lure" and "When Cowboy Was King." Kids get in for 11 cents! Next door: People's Drug Store No. 5. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

So Many Summers Ago: 1905

So Many Summers Ago: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "On the beach at Atlantic City." Where's my pail? 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Fidelity Trust: 1910

Fidelity Trust: 1910

Portland, Maine, circa 1910. "Fidelity Trust building, Congress Street." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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