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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 • CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Swan Lake: 1924

Swan Lake: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "National American Ballet." You can't get much avant-garder than this. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Lily Living: 1910

Lily Living: 1910

New Zealand circa 1910. "Young men in formal wear at table ready to have a meal, next to tent 'Lily' at camp site, probably in Sumner, Christchurch." Note the abbreviated neckwear. Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Hanan Shoes: 1905

Hanan Shoes: 1905

Circa 1905. "Wood Street, Pittsburg, Pa." Home to Hanan Shoes. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bang, Zoom: 1955

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Bang, Zoom: 1955

April 1955. "Entertainers Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, in costume, posed as their 'Honeymooners' characters Ralph Kramden and Ed Norton." Color transparency from unpublished photos by Arthur Rothstein and Douglas Jones for the Look magazine assignment "Gleason's Pal Carney." View full size.

 

Here Come the Girls: 1953

Here Come the Girls: 1953

Dec. 29, 1953. "New York City views. Times Square at night." Let's meet at the Brass Rail. 4x5 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Alley View: 1925

Alley View: 1925

Washington, D.C., or vicinity, 1925. "Alleyway." Who can identify the church? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Happy Hoofer: 1954

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The Happy Hoofer: 1954

Circa 1954. "Actress Betty White on the set of her local Los Angeles daytime television show." Another look at this ageless entertainer, from unpublished photos by Maurice Terrell and Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 
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