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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Red Marilyn: 1955

Red Marilyn: 1955

March 1955. "Women posed in fashions influenced by the Orient. Unpublished photograph shows Marilyn Monroe, wearing a black Chinese coat, posed with Pekingese dogs." Color transparency by Milton Greene for the Look magazine assignment "Translations From the Orient." View full size.

 

Pell City Doffers: 1910

Pell City Doffers: 1910

November 1910. Pell City, Alabama. "Doffers in Pell City Cotton Mill. Superintendent of mill is also Mayor of Pell City." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee. View full size.

 

Washington à Go-Go: 1913

Washington à Go-Go: 1913

1913. "District of Columbia -- traffic Stop & Go signs." From the birthplace of that musical genre, perhaps the earliest visual representation of "go-go." Raleigh Hotel in the background. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Harbor Belt: 1943

Harbor Belt: 1943

January 1943. "Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. The train passes many interlocking towers on the way and the conductor watches them for any special messages." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

South Salina: 1905

South Salina: 1905

Circa 1905. "South Salina Street, Syracuse, N.Y." Meet you in an hour at the "Credit Parlors." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Shop Talk: 1966

Shop Talk: 1966

March 1966. "Actors Adam West and Burt Ward on the set of the movie Batman." From photos by Richard Hewett for Look magazine. View full size.

I'm Baaaaad: 1920

I'm Baaaaad: 1920

Sept. 3, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Wap-See-Ho-Hong." We leave it to our resourceful commenters to fill in the blanks. National Photo Co. View full size.

 
 
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