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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

War Chef: 1941

War Chef: 1941

December 8, 1941. San Francisco. "North Beach Italian restaurant during blackout." Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

Manhattan Rising: 1907

Manhattan Rising: 1907

Manhattan circa 1907. "The heart of New York from Brooklyn." A continuation of this view across the East River. Landmarks include the Singer Building under construction, the Park Row building and Brooklyn Bridge. View full size.

 

One Gun, One Bunny: 1922

One Gun, One Bunny: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Denby Christmas tree." Junior remembers this as the best Christmas ever! His gun-giving dad is Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Baker Brothers: 1917

The Baker Brothers: 1917

Feb. 1, 1917. Cambridge, Mass. "Vincenzo Messina, 15 years old and brother Angelo, 11, baking bread for father, 174 Salem Street. Vincenzo is working nights now, from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. Usually works on day shift. Angelo helps a great deal, tends store and helps bake, too." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Flood Refugees: 1937

Flood Refugees: 1937

April 1937. "Flood refugee family in tent at Tent City near Shawneetown, Illinois." Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

The Christmas Kid: 1958

The Christmas Kid: 1958

Christmas 1958 somewhere in Pennsylvania. The young man we last glimpsed dressed up for Halloween, seen here in our fifth slide from a batch of 35mm Kodachromes found on eBay. I am imagining carols on the hi-fi, grandparents in the next room and delicious aromas wafting in from the kitchen. View full size.

Motorcycle Cop: 1924

Motorcycle Cop: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Roache #5." At the Library of Congress. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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