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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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Mary Rollins: 1937

Mary Rollins: 1937

September 28, 1937. "Sees that Uncle Sam gets value in purchases. Miss Mary L. Rollins is responsible for seeing that the government gets value received for every dollar expended for paper and materials containing textile fibers. As fiber technologist of the National Bureau of Standards in Washington, she makes microscopic tests of typewriter paper, memo pads, envelopes, police uniforms, chair cushions, flags, etc. to determine whether the articles are delivered are represented when purchased." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Streets of Baltimore: 1906

Streets of Baltimore: 1906

Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1906. "The Continental Building." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The "Pleasantville" Effect

The "Pleasantville" Effect

A splash of color added to Ester Bubley's 1943 photograph of a Washington, D. C. working girl as enjoyed on Shorpy. What were her dreams and aspirations? Was she married or hoping to be married soon? Was her husband or boy friend in the military? What happened to her life after the war? Too many questions, too few answers. View full size.

Deer Island Light: 1906

Deer Island Light: 1906

Circa 1906. "Deer Island Light off Boston." Detroit Publishing. View full size.

 

Street Clothes: 1900

Street Clothes: 1900

Circa 1900. "Street haberdashery, New York." Detroit Publishing Company glass negative; photo by Byron. View full size.

 

Xanadu: 1897

Xanadu: 1897

St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1897. "The Ponce de Leon, Alcazar and Cordova hotels." Glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

The Lotos Lantern: 1916

The Lotos Lantern: 1916

Washington, D.C., circa 1916. An uncaptioned street scene showing a Red Cross building, a "Dermatological Institute," a handicraft school and the Lotos Lantern Tea House. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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