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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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Catalina Interlude: 1910

Catalina Interlude: 1910

Catalina Island, California, circa 1910. "Avalon Bay Aquarium wharf and beach." 5x7 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Government Street: 1906

Government Street: 1906

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "Government Street." Wrought iron and spectral pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

BRB LOL: 1940

BRB LOL: 1940

June 1940. Washington, D.C. "Direct postal telegraph wire at a truck service station on U.S. 1 (New York Avenue)." So the place was something of an Internet cafe, without the lattes or wifi. 35mm negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Thirteen Ball: 1918

Thirteen Ball: 1918

Washington, D.C., 1918. "Liberty Hut, Y.M.C.A." (W.W.H.D.?) Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Blue Plate Special: 1940

Blue Plate Special: 1940

June 1940. Washington, D.C. "In the cafe at a truck drivers' service station on U.S. 1." The truck stop menu starring "Blue Plate Lunch," with cameos by Dr. Pepper and Cold Liver Loaf. 35mm negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Truck Stop Cafe: 1940

Truck Stop Cafe: 1940

June 1940. Washington, D.C. "In the cafe at a truck drivers' service station on U.S. 1 (New York Avenue)." 35mm negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Meet the Mauros: 1911

Meet the Mauros: 1911

New York. December 1911. "5 p.m. Mrs. Mary Mauro, 309 E. 110th St., 2nd floor. Family works on feathers (sewing them together for use as a hat trimming). Make $2.25 a week. In vacation two or three times as much. Victoria, 8 yrs. Angelina 10 yrs. (a neighbor). Frorandi 10 yrs. Maggie 11 yrs. All work except two boys against wall. Father is street cleaner and has steady job. Girls work until 7 or 8 p.m. Once Maggie worked until 10 p.m." Glass plate by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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