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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

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.

 

Nevine and Nemai: 1924

Nevine and Nemai: 1924

December 26, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Nevine and Nemai Yousry." Children of the Egyptian ambassador and their Christmas tree. View full size.

 

The Young Entrepreneurs: 1911

The Young Entrepreneurs: 1911

Washington, D.C., circa 1911. "National Photo Co. post card shipment." A very young-looking Herbert French on the left with his associate "Artie" Leonard at their H Street studio. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Gasoline Allée: 1939

Gasoline Allée: 1939

January 1939. "Main Street in Jerome, Arkansas." As well as a cozy, woodsy gas station. Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 
 
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