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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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Great Southern: 1906

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Great Southern: 1906

Gulfport, Mississippi, circa 1906. "Great Southern Hotel." Built 1902-03; demolished in 1951. Panorama of three 8x10 glass negatives. View full size.

 

Catalina: 1910

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Catalina: 1910

Avalon Bay, California, circa 1910. "Crescent Avenue. Metropole and Bay View hotels, Catalina Island." 5x7 glass negative, Detroit Publishing. View full size.

 

Pittsburgh Noir: 1907

Pittsburgh Noir: 1907

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1907. "A Mill Street." Fifty Shades of Black. 7x5 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Little Italy: 1905

Little Italy: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Mulberry Street. Italian neighborhood with street market." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mrs. Piggy: 1940

Mrs. Piggy: 1940

1940. "Curtis Whitlock, Sanpete County, Utah, Farm Security Administration rehabilitation client, was on Work Projects Administration relief for a time before he was able to rent a farm, after having lost out once in farming. His Farm Security Administration loan put him on his feet and bought him breeding stock such as the purebred sow in this picture, foundation dairy cows, and a fine work mare." Medium-format negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Streamliner: 1936

Streamliner: 1936

May 1936. "Messrs. Kaunitz, father and son, pioneers in auto trailers using yacht construction methods, steam-bending elm. Bay City, Michigan." And one of their swoopy-looking Kauneel trailers. FSA photo by Taylor. View full size.

 

Wishful Thinking: 1940

Wishful Thinking: 1940

1941. "Billboard in Windber, Pennsylvania." Republican political sentiment from the 1940 presidential campaign, annotated by passers-by. Poster illustration by Howard Scott; FSA photo attributed to "Brown." View full size.

 
 
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