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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Family Style: 1943

Family Style: 1943

March 1943. Rochester, New York. "The Babcocks at the dinner table." Continuing the saga of war worker Howard Babcock and his family. Large-format negative by Ralph Amdursky for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Sale To-day: 1905

Sale To-day: 1905

Circa 1905. "Nassau Street, New York City." So, $3.50. By the hour? By the pound? Oh wait. Per pair. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Blair House: 1920

Blair House: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "7221 Blair Road." Someone's at the door. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Shovel-Ready: 1937

Shovel-Ready: 1937

February 1937. Calipatria, California. Native of Indiana in a migratory labor contractor's camp. "It's root hog or die for us folks." Large format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

The Summit: 1961

The Summit: 1961

Sept. 18, 1961. New York. "Summit Hotel, 51st Street and Lexington Avenue. Exterior from northwest. Morris Lapidus, Harle & Liebman, architects." Hints of Cold War intrigue here. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Down and Dirty: 1910

Down and Dirty: 1910

May 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Burns Basement Branch. A dark dirty cellar, 3518 Evans Avenue." Newsies picking up their papers from the St. Louis Times news agent. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Verified Lubrication: 1939

Verified Lubrication: 1939

1939. "Service station in Washington, D.C." Continuing today's Essorama. 35mm nitrate negative by David Myers. View full size.

 
 
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