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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

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.

 

The Merry Strikers: 1938

The Merry Strikers: 1938

August 1938. "Picket line at the King Farm strike near Morrisville, Pennsylvania. Negro and white agricultural workers striking against an hourly wage of 17 to 20 cents." Medium format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Making Babies: 1936

Making Babies: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Pressing rubber bodies (French)." With "Old Sadie." Continuing our guys-and-dolls series. Large format negative by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Ott's Esso Arboretum: 1937

Ott's Esso Arboretum: 1937

July 1937. "Gas station in Washington, D.C." Ott's Esso Service, providing our second example in as many weeks of gas-station faux flora. Maybe this was a thing back then. Medium format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Flour Power: 1908

Flour Power: 1908

Minneapolis circa 1908. "St. Anthony's Falls and the milling district." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Good Fingers: 1937

Good Fingers: 1937

March 1937. Camden, New Jersey. "RCA Victor. Radio coil winder. If a girl has good fingers for this work, she can become expert on the job in three weeks. If she is not naturally deft, she never learns." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Work Zone: 1925

Work Zone: 1925

"Street, Washington, D.C., 1925." Who'll be the first to identify this wannabe skyscraper? [Answer: The Vermont Building, on Vermont Avenue at L Street.] National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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