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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 • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Open Office: 1958

Open Office: 1958

        Somewhere around Los Angeles circa 1958. "Aluminum Group furniture (chairs, ottomans, tables) designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller Inc." Large format negative from the Office of Charles and Ray Eames.

Back again at the waiting room without walls, this time a bit earlier in the day, we get our second look at these people, including Ray Eames, striding along at the upper right. New to the scene is a photographer wielding a Hasselblad, a medium format camera much favored by professionals. View full size.

X-Troop: 1865

X-Troop: 1865

1865. "Petersburg, Virginia. Interior view of Fort Sedgwick." This scout's Indian name: Sitting Duck. Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

I Say Tomato: 1937

I Say Tomato: 1937

January 1937. Deerfield, Florida. " 'Fruit tramp' at rooming house for employees of the tomato packing plant." Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Mallets Aforethought: 1924

Mallets Aforethought: 1924

April 5, 1924. New York. "Lambdin Kay." Broadcaster and celebrated thingamabob prodigy. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Coast to Coast: 1924

Coast to Coast: 1924

April 26, 1924. "Walking from San Francisco to New York for his health, W.E. Campbell stops at the White House. He left California Oct. 23, 1923." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Enter Front: 1935

Enter Front: 1935

Washington, D.C., 1935. "Streamline streetcar, Capital Transit Co." The last word in modern mass transit. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Mint Condition: 1958

Mint Condition: 1958

August 1958. "U.S. Branch Mint, Mission & Fifth Streets, San Francisco." Photo by William S. Ricco for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 
 
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