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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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Knights of Pythias: 1905

Knights of Pythias: 1905

Indianapolis circa 1905. "Knights of Pythias Building." A sort of Flatiron wannabe that predated its taller brother by two years. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Baby Vegetables: 1940

Baby Vegetables: 1940

July 1940. "Canning beans in farm kitchen near Bristol, Vermont." Photo by Louise Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Pre-Med: 1901

Pre-Med: 1901

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1901. "Alabama Medical College." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Survivor: 1936

Survivor: 1936

November 1936. "Automobile accident on U.S. 40 between Hagerstown and Cumberland, Maryland." Crash Reconstruction, Part 3, and the last shot in this mini-series snapped by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Northampton High: 1906

Northampton High: 1906

Circa 1906. "High school in Northampton, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Wreck on the Highway: 1936

Wreck on the Highway: 1936

November 1936. "Automobile accident on U.S. 40 between Hagerstown and Cumberland, Maryland." Crash Reconstruction, Part 2. Medium-format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

The Accident: 1936

The Accident: 1936

November 1936. "Automobile accident on U.S. 40 between Hagerstown and Cumberland, Maryland." Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 
 
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