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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Rice Creek: 1890s

Rice Creek: 1890s

Putnam County, Florida, circa 1890s. "Rice Creek near Brown's Landing." A tributary of the St. Johns River near Palatka. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Curb Service: 1937

Curb Service: 1937

November 1937. "Curb service -- Newport News, Virginia." Two cheeseburgers and one mouse sandwich, coming right up. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Elm Avenue: 1921

Elm Avenue: 1921

Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1921. "9 to 11 Elm Avenue." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Great Race: 1915

The Great Race: 1915

May 1915. "York, Pa., auto races -- start of Washington, D.C., cars." Please ignore the mold. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Bathing Office: 1905

The Bathing Office: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "The casino at Asbury Park." Prior to any attempts at sunning or swimming, please check in at the "Bathing Office." View full size.

 

Bien Venido: 1897

Bien Venido: 1897

St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1890s. "The Alcazar and Cordova from the Ponce de Leon." Three of Henry Flagler's landmark Florida hotels, with a welcome spelled out in Edison lights. 8x10 negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Porch Light: 1964

Porch Light: 1964

Leatherwood, Kentucky, 1964. "Cornett boys sitting on porch lighting cigarette." From a series of photos made in 1964 and 1972 by William Gedney documenting the lives of Willie and Vivian Cornett, their 12 children and grandchildren. Gedney Photographs Collection, Duke University. View full size.

 
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