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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 • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Down to the River: 1940

Down to the River: 1940

Circa 1940. "Beach with sunbathers." Chapel Point, Washington's "playground on the Potomac" near La Plata, Md. Photo by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

New York City Hall: 1903

New York City Hall: 1903

New York circa 1903. "City Hall." Note the building going up at left and construction at right. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Jewel in the Kitchen: 1942

Jewel in the Kitchen: 1942

Winter 1942. Washington, D.C. "Jewel Mazique, worker at the Library of Congress, getting a late snack." Hey, we'll have some of that. Large format nitrate negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Rear Window: 1936

Rear Window: 1936

June 1936. "View out of rear window tenement dwelling of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Solomon, 133 Avenue D, New York City. The Solomon family are all on the accepted list for resettlement at Hightstown, New Jersey." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Cool Quartet: 1961

Cool Quartet: 1961

My sister-in-law, left, previously seen here with her Chevrolet Bel Air, in 1961 with her brother and friends in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley in Southern California. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

This was taken at the William Hart Ranch, now the William S. Hart Park and Museum, in Newhall, CA –- Deborah

Miami Beach: 1941

Miami Beach: 1941

March 5, 1941. "Raleigh Hotel. Collins Avenue, Miami Beach. Pool, to ocean from balcony. L. Murray Dixon architect." Rustling those palm fronds, the winds of war. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

A Girl Can Dream: 1942

A Girl Can Dream: 1942

Winter 1942. Washington, D.C. "Young niece of Jewel Mazique, worker at the Library of Congress, who lives with her aunt." First in a series by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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