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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Bel Air Belle: 1963

Bel Air Belle: 1963

Circa 1961 1963, L's 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air two-door hardtop. She bought it used and paid $500, then had to sell two years later. Oh to see this car now! 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Now Feel This: 1925

Now Feel This: 1925

April 2, 1925. "Experiment at Gallaudet College by Prof. R.H. Gault." Last seen here, the Professor was attempting to "enable the deaf to understand what is said to them by feeling words with their fingers." National Photo Co. View full size.

 

The Law of God: 1939

The Law of God: 1939

February 1939. "Child of migrant sitting by kitchen cabinet in tent home near Edinburg, Texas." Ten Commandments, meet Jersey Creamery. Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Chicago: 1956

Chicago: 1956

"Chicago, November 1956." 35mm Kodachrome from the Kermy & Janet archive, and possibly a train trip from Baltimore to the Windy City. View full size.

 

Modern Motorist: 1908

Modern Motorist: 1908

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1908. "Mrs. John E. Harris." At the wheel of a shiny new Jackson. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Thelma & Louise: 1924

Thelma & Louise: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Washington Hunt motor car." The building is the Joaquin Miller cabin at Rock Creek Park. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Fiddling With Bias: 1939

Fiddling With Bias: 1939

February 1939. "Mr. Bias, former cowboy, now travels around the country in a trailer. Has private income. Weslaco, Texas." What does Mr. Bias play? Why, he plays favorites! Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Admin. View full size.

 
 
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