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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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Welcome Home: 1919

Welcome Home: 1919

1919. "U.S. Army -- return of soldiers to Washington, D.C." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hitler's Voice: 1938

Hitler's Voice: 1938

September 12, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Acting Czechoslovakian Minister listens to Hitler speech. Dr. Karel Brejska, Charge d'Affaires and acting Minister in the absence of Minister Vladimir Hurban in Czechoslovakia, is pictured listening to Adolf Hitler's radio address today at the legation. He refused to comment on the speech." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Over the Hump: 1943

Over the Hump: 1943

April 1943. "Chicago & North Western RR, tank cars going over the hump at Proviso yard, Chicago." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Parallel on L: 1925

Parallel on L: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Stoneleigh Court, L Street N.W." Springtime in the nation's capital. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Merrimack Street: 1908

Merrimack Street: 1908

Lowell, Massachusetts, circa 1908. "Merrimack Street looking west." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Granite State: 1908

Granite State: 1908

Concord, New Hampshire, circa 1908. "Loading at a New England granite quarry." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

War Risk Basketball: 1919

War Risk Basketball: 1919

Washington circa 1919. "War Risk basketball team." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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