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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Chillycothe: 1940

Chillycothe: 1940

February 1940. Chillicothe, Ohio. "Children going home from school." 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Lake Worth: 1908

Lake Worth: 1908

Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1908. "Along the shore of Lake Worth." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Grand Circus Park: 1919

Grand Circus Park: 1919

Detroit circa 1919. "Grand Circus Park from Detroit Athletic Club." The Statler and Tuller hotels, and the two Winged Victory statues seen here. Photoplays being advertised include "When Men Desire" starring Theda Bara, Alice Joyce in "The Cambric Mask," Cecil B. DeMille's "For Better, For Worse," Elsie Ferguson in "Eyes of the Soul," and "Stolen Orders." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Oceanside: 1910

The Oceanside: 1910

Magnolia, Massachusetts, circa 1910. "Entrance to the Oceanside." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Planters: 1941

The Planters: 1941

March 1941. "Planting corn on a plantation near Moncks Corner, South Carolina." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the FSA. View full size.

 

M-Squad: 1925

M-Squad: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Montrose tennis team." The Eight Racqueteers. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Rear Window: 1935

Rear Window: 1935

September 1935. Washington, D.C. "Negro back yards near Capitol." A back alley view of some F Street tenements that are an interesting mix of appalling and appealing. 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans. View full size.

 
 
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