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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.

 
 
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Typewriter Geek: 1922

Typewriter Geek: 1922

Feb. 7, 1922. "Hobart Reese." Whose talent seems to have been an ability to type Abraham Lincoln the hard way. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Summer Intern: 1911

Summer Intern: 1911

June 1911. Norfolk, Va. "Teaching the Young How to Sell. Gus Hodges, age 11, instructing his brother Julius, age 5. I found Gus selling as late as 9 p.m., and he said that he had made over one dollar a day. Julius and another brother, 9 years old, had made 25 cents that day." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Up Broadway: 1901

Up Broadway: 1901

New York circa 1901. "Up Broadway." The St. Paul and Park Row buildings, world's tallest at the time. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Carrots and the Kaiser: 1918

Carrots and the Kaiser: 1918

Washington, D.C., 1918. "National Emergency War Garden Commission display, G Street." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Paddy Wagon: 1936

Paddy Wagon: 1936

September 1938. Abbeville, Louisiana. "Farmer's truck at state rice mill." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Inflationary Pressure: 1936

Inflationary Pressure: 1936

September 1938. "Inflating bicycle tire in Abbeville, Louisiana." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Drivurself: 1925

Drivurself: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Glassman (Rent-A-Car Co.)" Former motorcycle cop Herbert Glassman and a Hertz sedan. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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