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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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Whee: 1930

Whee: 1930

Wellington, New Zealand. "Woman using a vacuum cleaner in a hallway, photographed early 1930s by Gordon Burt." Sign on the landing: "NOW is the opportunity to be quit of the DRUDGERY of housework." View full size.

Look Gives You Lemons: 1957

Look Gives You Lemons: 1957

October 1957. "The Lemon family of Little Rock, Arkansas -- father Fred, mother Edith, daughters Virginia and Rosemary, and son Gary -- at home; in front of state capitol building; on streets of Little Rock." From photos by John Vachon for the Look magazine assignment "Members of the Mob." View full size.

Horsy Chapeau: 1923

Horsy Chapeau: 1923

New Orleans circa 1923. "View of a street and roofs." Also an ice wagon whose horse is wearing a hat. Bonus points if you can identify the street. Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

American Splendor: 1955

American Splendor: 1955

March 30, 1955. "Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach. General view of lobby. Morris Lapidus, architect." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Reflections on a Stop Sign: 1936

Reflections on a Stop Sign: 1936

March 1936. Washington, D.C. "No caption (man with stop sign)." Our second look in as many days at traffic sign history. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

The Wallflowers: 1943

The Wallflowers: 1943

June 1943. "Gloucester, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lopez. They have two boys in the armed forces, six children altogether. He is a fish skinner in the Gorton-Pew fishery." Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Routes: 1925

Routes: 1925

        The conferees representing the highway commissions of several States, who met in this city during the present week under the auspices of the Joint Board of State and Federal Highways, reached a wise decision when they agreed to create a group of interstate roads to be known as United States highways   . . .

-- Washington Post editorial, April 25, 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "No caption (man with highway signs)." Early waypoints on the road to uniform route designations and the standardization of highway signs. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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