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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Homer at Home: 1919

Homer at Home: 1919

New York circa 1919. "Homer." The Metropolitan Opera contralto Louise Homer, aunt of Samuel Barber, and five of her six children with the composer Sidney Homer. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Backstage With Elvis: 1956

Backstage With Elvis: 1956

May 27, 1956. Dayton, Ohio. A 21-year-old Elvis Presley with his cousin Gene Smith backstage at the University of Dayton field house, where they sang for a zillion swooning coeds. 35mm negative by Phillip Harrington. View full size.

 

Bachelor Miner: 1937

Bachelor Miner: 1937

March 1937. Scotts Run, West Virginia. "Employed bachelor coal miner at home in Sessa Hill. This scene is typical of hundreds of bachelors who belong to a group of immigrants whose family was separated by immigration restrictions. This man may, or may not, have a wife in another country." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. Decor by Coca-Cola. Large format acetate negative. View full size.

 

The Postal Tower: 1908

The Postal Tower: 1908

Circa 1908. "Post office in Lowell, Massachusetts." Municipal architecture with a Venetian flavor. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Blessing: 1942

The Blessing: 1942

March 1942. Washington, D.C. "After a hard day's work in the Library of Congress, Jewel Mazique sits down to dinner with her niece." Medium-format negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Burned Out: 1942

Burned Out: 1942

May 1942. "Washington, D.C. Scrap salvage campaign, Victory Program. 'Old Ironside' is written on this stove found in warehouse of wholesale junk dealer." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Fill In the Blanks: 1931

Fill In the Blanks: 1931

UPDATE: The photo now has a caption.

Signs the president's name. Mrs. Leafie E. Dietz, recently appointed the "Secretary to Sign Land Patents," a position in the Government Land Office which, since its creation under President Arthur, has been held only by women. She signs "Herbert Hoover" to land patents and is the only person who has authority to sign the President's name.

Washington circa 1930. The document at hand in this unlabeled Harris & Ewing negative is a form ready for the signature of Herbert Hoover. Perhaps someone versed in bureaucratic history will recognize this lady. View full size.

 
 
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