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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Choice Rooms: 1936

Choice Rooms: 1936

March 1936. "Low-cost housing. Saint Louis, Mo." Cigars and Coke not included. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

River Coal: 1910

River Coal: 1910

Circa 1910. "Coal barges at confluence of Allegheny and Monongahela rivers at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Chair Car: 1922

Chair Car: 1922

January 1922. Washington, D.C. "Man in three-wheeled vehicle." Which is, according to the nameplate, a ____G CAR. 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

Libby Prison: 1865

Libby Prison: 1865

April 1865. "Richmond, Virginia. Libby Prison." The infamous Confederate jail. Composite of two stereograph wet plate glass negatives. View full size.

 

Meet the Seegers: 1921

Meet the Seegers: 1921

TRAVEL AND LIVE
IN AN AUTOMOBILE

Charles Seeger, Wife and Three
Sons See World While
Living Outdoors

LIKE WANDERING MINSTRELS

Click here for the rest of the story.

May 1921. Washington, D.C. "Professor Charles Seeger, a composer, is a brother of Alan Seeger, the war poet. His wife is a distinguished violinist." Little Pete Seeger, 2 years old, and family along with their camping rig, last seen here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Made It Myself: 1922

Made It Myself: 1922

June 17, 1922. "Washington Advertising Club bathing costume contest at Tidal Basin." Our second look at the stylish entry of Miss Anna Niebel, the "former Follies girl" who took first place. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Royal Spartanette: 1952

Royal Spartanette: 1952

Sept. 1952. "Rolling homes." Kodachrome from photos by Charlotte Brooks and Bob Lerner for the Look magazine assignment "Trailer Story." View full size.

 
 
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