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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 TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Carpenter Gothic: 1939

Carpenter Gothic: 1939

1939. "Knight House, Greensboro vicinity, Hale County, Alabama. Gothic Revival two-story frame built c. 1840." Another view of the moldering manse last glimpsed here. 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Ice Shack Alley: 1923

Ice Shack Alley: 1923

"City rowhouses, 1923." The latest stop on our back-alley tour of Washington, D.C., in a neighborhood convenient to ice. Harris & Ewing negative. View full size.

 

Ground Rules: 1900

Ground Rules: 1900

Circa 1900. "Golf links at Charlevoix, Michigan." Mind if we play through? 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

State Mutual: 1908

State Mutual: 1908

Circa 1908. "State Mutual Building, Worcester, Massachusetts." An 1897 Renaissance Revival confection seen in one of the surreal diagonal perspectives much loved by Detroit Publishing. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Hot Bodies: 1936

Hot Bodies: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. -- Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Stripping rubber bodies off core-bars (French)." Alternate title: "French Stripper." Our second look at Mr. LOVE Tattoo. Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Hard Times: 1937

Hard Times: 1937

March 1937. Scott's Run, West Virginia. "Johnson family -- father unemployed." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Extreme Makover: 1950

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Extreme Makover: 1950

March 9, 1950. Washington, D.C . "White House renovation. Second floor Oval Study above Blue Room. North wall and part of floor removed for installation of steel shoring columns." Photo by Abbie Rowe. View full size.

 
 
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