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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

Open for Business: 1943

Open for Business: 1943

June 1943. Keysville, Virginia. "Randolph Henry High School. Lavatory facilities." The next stop on our tour of RHHS after the cafeteria. Photo by Philip Bonn for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Mal Temps: 1920

Mal Temps: 1920

Circa 1920. "Two-story houses, New Orleans." One of the Crescent City's grittier, grainier corners. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Cool Pink: 1953

Cool Pink: 1953

May 1953. "Dancer-actress Gwen Verdon in a hammock wearing a ballgown." Color transparency from photos taken for the Look magazine assignment "Midsummer Fantasies: How to Keep Cool in a Heat Wave." View full size.

 

Fill It With Ethyl: 1943

Fill It With Ethyl: 1943

June 1943. Louisville, Kentucky. "Virginia Lively used to be a beauty operator. Today she works at a filling station." Sears gasoline -- who knew? Photo by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bi-Biplane: 1917

Bi-Biplane: 1917

1917. "Langley, Samuel Pierpont. Secretary, Smithsonian Institute. Experimental tandem biplane on Potomac embodying Langley principles." Last seen here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Your Turn: 1941

Your Turn: 1941

      Time for our weekly check-in with the girls of Apartment 3G. (Or is it 3X?) Another round of Cokes, and let's get comfortable!

The next entry in a curious set of photos from the Office of War Information archive, taken by Arthur Siegel in the summer of 1941 in Detroit. View full size.

 

The Gray Hornets: 1911

The Gray Hornets: 1911

1911. "Christ's College 1st XV rugby team." Glass plate negative from the Steffano Webb studio in Christchurch, New Zealand. View full size.

 
 
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