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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Two Saints: 1910

Two Saints: 1910

Florida circa 1910. "St. George Street, St. Augustine." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The P.E. Cup: 1943

The P.E. Cup: 1943

October 1943. Washington, D.C. "Girls playing soccer in physical education class at Woodrow Wilson High School." Saddle Shoes connects in a 1-0 nail-biter. Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Delicacies: 1959

Delicacies: 1959

Oct. 23, 1959. Hackensack, New Jersey. "Bloomingdale's Bergen County. 'Delicacies.' Raymond Loewy Associates, client." Sweets for the upscale suburbanite. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Stag Swim: 1903

Stag Swim: 1903

Detroit circa 1903. "Swimming pool, Belle Isle Park, evidently." No girls allowed. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dear Folks: 1943

Dear Folks: 1943

July 1943. "Greenville, South Carolina. Air Service Command. Writing a letter home." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Man, G

Man, G

Washington, D.C., circa 1932. "Federal Bureau of Investigation. Filing fingerprints and mugshots." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Iron Pony: 1905

Iron Pony: 1905

New Zealand circa 1905. "E class locomotive, E 66, at the Petone Railway Workshops, with William Godber standing on the front. Known as 'Pearson's Dream,' designed by G.A. Pearson, and built in 1905 for use on the Rimutaka Incline; written off in 1917." Glass negative by A.P. Godber. View full size.

 
 
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