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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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Outside the Box: 1912

Outside the Box: 1912

Cleveland circa 1912. "Rockefeller Building, Superior Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

St. Philip's Church: 1910

St. Philip's Church: 1910

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1910. "St. Philip's Church and French Huguenot Church." Also: Free Kindergarten. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Wartime Washington Monument: 1943

Wartime Washington Monument: 1943

November 1943. "The Washington Monument." The "tan line" a third of the way up shows where construction resumed in the 19th century after a hiatus of many years. Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Midcentury Mom: 1952

Midcentury Mom: 1952

"1952." Our young man returns, this time on the arm of an attractive older woman. Natty attire all around. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Central Heat: 1932

Central Heat: 1932

Washington, D.C., circa 1932. "Ben Franklin Press" is all it says here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Royal Crown: 1941

Royal Crown: 1941

Somewhere in the South, possibly Miami. Another snap by Daly from the summer of 1941. Medium format nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Emergency: 1906

Emergency: 1906

Detroit circa 1906. "Harper Hospital." And a dubious-looking conveyance we trust isn't the ambulance. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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