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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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On a Roll: 1942

On a Roll: 1942

July 1942. "Conservation. Rubber. This truck tire has run 146,000 miles. It is now planned to retread it with a life expectancy of at least half the original mile­age. The tire is size 9.75 x 20, weighs 129 pounds and was run at an air pressure of 70 pounds. Miss Jean Spanitz, stenographer in the Division of Motor Transpor­tation, Office of Defense Transportation, poses with the tire." 4x5 inch acetate negative by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Swinging Pad: 1966

A Swinging Pad: 1966

1966. "Portable modular furniture ('box-lodging') designed by Kenneth Isaacs to serve as all-in-one units for one or two people. Includes Isaacs and wife Barbara entertaining guests in their apartment." Color transparency by Reid Miles for the Look magazine assignment "Minimal Living: The Basic Pad." View full size.

Boys' Night Out: 1932

Boys' Night Out: 1932

Washington, D.C., or vicinity in 1932. "NO CAPTION (boys cooking over camp­fire next to NO TRESPASSING sign)." Possibly friends with these lads, or at least neighbors in this sequence of Harris & Ewing negatives. View full size.

 

Outdoor Living: 1954

Outdoor Living: 1954

1954. "Backyard Rooms. Woman posed with yard equipment, outdoor furniture, appliances and utensils used to cook outdoors. Equipment shown includes power lawn mower, lawn sweeper, grill, patio table and umbrella, and portable radio." Medium-format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Look magazine assignment "How to Build an Extra Room in Your Own Backyard." View full size.

 

Greatest Hits: 1900

Greatest Hits: 1900

Circa 1900. "Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument, Cleveland, Ohio." A visual compendium of circa-1900 business-district standbys -- dealers in coke and coal, candy, harnesses, trusses, tresses (the "Hair Store") and what looks to be the world headquarters of Painless Dentistry. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Damaged Lives: 1941

Damaged Lives: 1941

"Knoxville, Tenn., ca. 1941. Miscellaneous lot of photographs by Barbara Wright related to Tennessee Valley Authority projects and region." View full size.

 

The Lookout: 1910

The Lookout: 1910

Detroit circa 1910. "House of Correction." With everyone in place for the big jailbreak. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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