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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

Sales Pitch: 1928

Sales Pitch: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "T.R. Shipp -- Star Radio." Shipp, the client for whom this photo was made, was Atwater Kent's public relations guru. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Old Reliable: 1940

Old Reliable: 1940

July 1940. "Auto of migrant fruit worker at gas station in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin." The other end of the jalopy we saw here. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Loves Olives: 1956

Loves Olives: 1956

Southern California circa 1956. One of a dozen Kodachrome slides that I recently found on eBay. If the clothes here were any sharper we'd need to call 911. No T- shirts and jeans for these folks. More to come over the weekend. View full size.

Liberty Avenue: 1914

Liberty Avenue: 1914

Pittsburgh circa 1914. "Liberty Avenue and skyscrapers." The Steel City grows up and up. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Parade Rest: 1938

Parade Rest: 1938

October 1938. Crowley, Louisiana. "Children in buggy at National Rice Festival." 35mm negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Major Riddle: 1864

Major Riddle: 1864

April 1864. "Brandy Station, Virginia. Major William Riddle and friends. Headquarters, Army of the Potomac." Wet plate negative by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. Civil War glass plate collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

F Street: 1908

F Street: 1908

Washington, D.C., circa 1908 "F Street, looking toward Treasury." Note the sign on the Lincoln Park streetcar advertising the "hydraulic dive" at Glen Echo. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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