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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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Off the Wall: 1975

Off the Wall: 1975

For fans of my sister-in-law, here she is in San Francisco in 1975. I know what you're thinking: Haight-Ashbury, but it isn't. I shot this on 35mm Kodak Vericolor. View full size.

Ready to Roll: 1919

Ready to Roll: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Red Cross ambulances at Washington Monument." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Pit Stop: 1940

Pit Stop: 1940

July 1940. Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. "Cherry pickers. Auto of migrant fruit worker at gas station." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Jersey Shore Jesus: 1908

Jersey Shore Jesus: 1908

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1908. "Sand modeling." Kindly remember the worker, and don't forget to visit the gift shop for a postcard or two. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Irving Place: 1905

Irving Place: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Washington Irving's home, Irving Place and East 17th Street." Where Rip Van Winkle meets Sleepy Hollow. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bella Donna: 1900

Bella Donna: 1900

Circa 1900. "Model, hair loose." Previously seen here in the guises of Thisbe and Amorita. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Circleville: 1938

Circleville: 1938

Summer 1938. Circleville, Ohio. "Dwellers in Circleville's 'Hooverville.' During Depression many farms of the district were foreclosed. People who lost homes naturally gravitated toward the town. A town of its character is unable to house new influx of population. Consequently there sprang up around it an extensive Hooverville." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn. View full size.

 
 
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