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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

Lifeguard on Duty: 1905

Lifeguard on Duty: 1905

The Jersey shore circa 1905. "On the beach at Ross' pavilion, Ocean Grove, N.J." Short of tuxes and ballgowns, it's hard to imagine being any more dressed up at the beach. (And cheer up, guy in the middle -- your problems are over by now.) 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

No Gane: 1939

No Gane: 1939

September 1939. "Abandoned factory, Minneapolis, Minnesota." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Get Back, Jack: 1942

Get Back, Jack: 1942

July 1942. Florence, Alabama (vicinity). "Boy Scout camp swimming class." 35mm negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Human Hair Goods: 1905

Human Hair Goods: 1905

Circa 1905. "Euclid Avenue, Cleveland." Our title is a callout to Mme. K. Peal, dealer in HUMAN HAIR GOODS: POMPADOURS, SWITCHES, WIGS. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Stop-Stop & Go-Go: 1919

Stop-Stop & Go-Go: 1919

Circa 1919. "Traffic officer at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue." Before stoplights in the District of Columbia, there was the "Go-Go" traffic sign equipped with umbrella and rearview mirror. The Willard Hotel and U.S. Treasury play supporting roles in this Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Almost There: 1936

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Almost There: 1936

April 3, 1936. "Stairway leading to lookout on fifth floor -- Kenworthy Hall, State Highway 14 (Greensboro Road), Marion, Alabama." Photo by Alex Bush for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 

Caught in Passing: 1941

Caught in Passing: 1941

April 1941. "Street scene, Chicago 'Black Belt'." 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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