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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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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.

 

Bronx Baby Buggies: 1936

Bronx Baby Buggies: 1936

June 1936. "Bronx, New York. Background photo for Hightstown project. Many of the future Hightstown settlers are now living in the Bronx district. This is the street on which Mr. Morris Back and family, certified applicant for resettlement, now live." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration, whose plan to move hundreds of Eastern European, mostly Jewish, immigrants from New York to rural New Jersey met with a resounding meh. View full size.

 

Beer Here: 1937

Beer Here: 1937

Sept. 1937. "Barber shop and pool hall. Berwyn, Maryland." Between rounds, you can get a haircut. Medium-format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

The Big Fokker: 1923

The Big Fokker: 1923

An unlabeled Harris & Ewing plate showing the U.S. Army Air Service Fokker T-2 that set a number of aviation records for unrefueled flight, including a nonstop transcontinental run from New York to California in just under 27 hours in May 1923, piloted by Lieutenants Oakley Kelly and John Macready. View full size.

 

Welcome to Florida: 1936

Welcome to Florida: 1936

St. Johns County, Florida, circa 1936. "Fountain of Youth, Indian Burial Ground, St. Augustine." Be sure to stop by the gift shop on your way out! Another cheery dispatch from the lens of Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Textbook Case: 1942

Textbook Case: 1942

March 1942. Washington, D.C. "First aid class at the Banneker Junior High School." Photo by Marjory Collins, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Alabama Gothic: 1939

Alabama Gothic: 1939

1939. "Knight House, Greensboro vicinity, Hale County, Alabama. Gothic Revival two-story frame built c. 1840." A little dilapidated, but it has good bones. Possibly under the porch. 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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