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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

Kodachrome Vegas: 1958

Kodachrome Vegas: 1958

Classic Las Vegas -- Fremont Street. 35mm Kodachrome film taken by my father-in-law, Woodrow Humphries. I'm guessing 1958 or so. The Westerner was open from 1950 to 1962. The Mint and The Boulder Club (with its famous sign) are on the right edge. The marquee above the Nevada Club was a late-'50s addition. Any other thoughts are welcome. I just noticed the VW Beetle! View full size.

Family Car: 1939

Family Car: 1939

February 1939. "White migrant and wife repairing clutch in their car near Harlingen, Texas." On the road during the Depression. Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Rooms With a View: 1925

Rooms With a View: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Stoneleigh Court apartments, L Street and Connecticut Avenue N.W." Close inspection will be rewarded with a wealth of detail afforded by this 8x10 glass negative, the highlights including disembodied pedestrian parts captured in mid-stride, and perhaps the earliest appearance on these pages of a ONE WAY traffic sign. National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Work History: 1911

Work History: 1911

October 1911. Lowell, Mass. Standing: Michael Keefe, 32 Marion St., been at work in No. 1 mule room, Merrimac [Textile] Mill, eight months. Apparently 13 years old. John Risheck, 391 Adams St.; Cornelius Hurley, 298 Adams St., been at work in No. 1 mule room in Merrimac Mill for six months. About 13 or 14 probably. Sitting: John Neary, 211 Lakeview Ave.; smallest is Robert Magee, 270 Suffolk St. Apparently 12 years old. Been working in Mule Room No. 1, Merrimac Mill, one year. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

On the Town: 1962

On the Town: 1962

"Wisconsin plane trip." After disembarking, our mad men are painting the town Appleton Red in October 1962. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Do Not Disturb: 1939

Do Not Disturb: 1939

February 1939. "White migrant boy asleep in car. He came with his father from Houston to Edinburg, Texas." Good night, John-Boy. Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Margaret Street: 1907

Margaret Street: 1907

Circa 1907. "Margaret Street -- Plattsburgh, New York." Once again, it's 8:17. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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