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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

Sternwheeler Staples: 1910

Sternwheeler Staples: 1910

Circa 1910. "Packet steamer Jas. T. Staples." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

City Gas Co.: 1913

City Gas Co.: 1913

        In the days before the long-distance transmission of natural gas, municipalities had their own plants where coal was heated to make what was called "city gas" or "illuminating gas."

March 31, 1913. "Construction of gas holder, Detroit City Gas Company." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Banded Brothers: 1905

Banded Brothers: 1905

New Zealand circa 1905. "Men doing chores at a campsite, all in striped tops, poss­ibly Sumner, Christchurch." Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Gift Horse: 1925

Gift Horse: 1925

May 1925. "Major John G. Quekemeyer, formerly aide-de-camp to General Pershing, with 'Argentina,' a 6-year-old Polo pony given to him by the Minister of War of the Argentine Republic, General Justo. The General presented six ponies while he was in South America." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Troop Train: 1943

Troop Train: 1943

March 1943. "Grants, New Mexico. Passing a troop train stopping for coal and water on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Belen and Gallup." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Neideffer Camp: 1937

Neideffer Camp: 1937

Spring 1937. "This family without food and work about to be returned to Oklahoma by the Relief Administration. They have lost a baby as a result of exposure during the winter. Had to sell their tent and car to buy food. Neideffer Camp, Holtville, Imperial Valley, California." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

For the Win: 1955

For the Win: 1955

Nov. 15, 1955. "Dr. Joyce Brothers holds up her category, boxing, after winning $8,000 on the CBS television program The $64,000 Question. Dr. Brothers will return next week to decide whether to keep the $8,000 or risk it against $16,000." New York World-Telegram and Sun Photo Collection. View full size.

 
 
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