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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Infrastructure: 1908

Infrastructure: 1908

New York, 1908. "Excavations for N.Y. Central Station." Grand Central Terminal under construction, with Detroit Publishing's camera turned around from our previous view of this monumental engineering project. View full size.

 

Pitcher This: 1924

Pitcher This: 1924

New York circa 1924. "Fitziu." The Metropolitan Opera soprano Anna Fitziu, seated, and friends. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Close to You: 1972

Close to You: 1972

"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1972. Girls by car." The Cornett women, like the menfolk, seemed to congregate around cars. Photograph by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.

Big Cop: 1938

Big Cop: 1938

October 1938. "Policeman, Lincoln, Nebraska." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Family Business: 1909

Family Business: 1909

March 1909. Hartford, Conn. "John Pento, 14 years old, has been selling for seven years. Daniel and Angelo, his twin brothers, are 7 years old, have been selling one year. Sell until 8 p.m. some nights." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Birdhouse: 1944

The Birdhouse: 1944

Wilkes County, Georgia, circa 1944. "Dovecote at Hill Plantation, Washington vicinity." 8x10 acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Band Ahoy: 1923

Band Ahoy: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Navy Yard Band." Brass, woodwinds and a surfeit of strings. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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