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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

Spring Fling: 1902

Spring Fling: 1902

1902. "The Basin, lower spring, Banff, Alberta." A Banff spring, without the hotel usually appended to that phrase. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Hats for Her: 1947

Hats for Her: 1947

Jan. 27, 1947. "Kartch's, Main Street, Paterson, New Jersey. Second floor." Our fifth look at this family haberdashery. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Louisville Wharfboat: 1905

Louisville Wharfboat: 1905

Circa 1905. "Ohio River levee at Louisville, Kentucky." Note the "U.S. Life Saving Station." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Churchill House: 1904

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Churchill House: 1904

Circa 1904. "The Churchill house." No location given, but neighboring images in this sequence were taken in Vermont. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Little Squirt: 1941

Little Squirt: 1941

July 1941. "Fun at the water fountain. Fourth of July picnic in Vale, Oregon." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Broadway Pharmacist: 1957

Broadway Pharmacist: 1957

I purchased this 8 x 10 print at the swap meet. On the back is printed:

Mr. Cliff McCorkle, proprietor and pharmacist of the 101 Broadway Pharmacy, Richmond, Calif., preparing a prescription. 5 November 1957. Photographer: Pfc. Barbara A. Warner, Sixth US Army Photo Lab, Presidio of San Francisco, Calif. Official US Army photograph. View full size.

A Picnic in the Park: 1942

A Picnic in the Park: 1942

July 1942. Washington, D.C. "A Sunday picnic in Rock Creek Park." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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