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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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Chillin Wit da Boyz: 1954

Chillin Wit da Boyz: 1954

December 28, 1954. Me in the center, my brother right and my godmother's son Alfred at the left. At my grandparent's house in Calpella, California. Also: Grandma's crocheted antimacassars. Photo by my sister. View full size.

Quantico PX: 1920

Quantico PX: 1920

Quantico, Virginia, 1920. "Quantico Post Exchange." With merchandise ranging from tennis balls to steamer trunks. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

Alpha Girls: 1912

Alpha Girls: 1912

Washington, D.C., circa 1912. "Gunston Hall group." Students at the tony girls' school. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Navy Oarsmen: 1896

Navy Oarsmen: 1896

Aboard the U.S.S. New York circa 1896. "A champion boat crew." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Cult Figure: 1922

Cult Figure: 1922

New York circa 1922. "Farraham worshiping." Five photos of this artsy looking lady bear a name that might also be transcribed as Farnham or Fanshaw. Who will be the first to identify her? George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Loading Zone: 1939

Loading Zone: 1939

September 1939. "Minneapolis, Minnesota. Trucks loading at farm implement warehouse." Another behind-the-scenes look at Twin Cities trucking. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

The Velvet Kind: 1920

The Velvet Kind: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Overman Cushion Tire Co., creamery truck." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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