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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

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.

 

It Might as Well Be Spring: 1923

It Might as Well Be Spring: 1923

March 14, 1923. "Mary Wallace." Daughter of Agriculture Secretary Henry Wallace. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Homeless Cooking: 1939

Homeless Cooking: 1939

February 1939. "Kitchen table and stove of white migrant tent camp near Harlingen, Texas. Married daughter of migrant worker cutting salt meat for dinner." Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Appleton Here We Come: 1962

Appleton Here We Come: 1962

October 1962. "Wisconsin plane trip." En route to Appleton, it's Mad Men with choreography. This would seem to have been a business trip made by Kermy and Janet's father from Baltimore. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

The Killing Fields: 1865

The Killing Fields: 1865

April 1865. "Cold Harbor, Virginia. Collecting remains of dead on the battlefield after the war." Memento mori. Wet plate by John Reekie. View full size.

 
 
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