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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

Foot Comfort Week: 1920

Foot Comfort Week: 1920

June 1920. "Berberich store window, Seventh Street." The venerable Washington, D.C., shoe emporium. In the era of confining footwear, bunions, corns and calluses, it was Dr. Scholl to the rescue. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

The Summer of '41

The Summer of '41

Chicago, July 1941. "Ohio Street bathing beach, Lake Michigan." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Western Union: 1909

Western Union: 1909

March 8, 1909. New Haven, Connecticut. "Telegraph messenger boys. They work until 11 p.m." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Modern Family: 1914

Modern Family: 1914

"Dickey tree, 1914." Our fifth Christmas visit with the family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey, whose portraits mix equal parts Chekhov and Addams with a dash of Dickens. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Top Gun: 1900

Top Gun: 1900

Circa 1900. "U.S.S. Chicago. One of the crew." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Asbury Park: 1905

Asbury Park: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "On the beach, Asbury Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cotton on the Levee: 1903

Cotton on the Levee: 1903

New Orleans circa 1903. "Mule teams and the levee." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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