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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Frosty the Mailman: 1922

Frosty the Mailman: 1922

        Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.

January 1922. Washington, D.C. "Snow scenes after blizzard." When the mailbox is also an icebox. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Red Scarer: 1953

Red Scarer: 1953

April 1953. Washington, D.C. "Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin." Kodachrome by Frank Bauman for the Look magazine assignment "Joe McCarthy: The Man With the Power." Not to mention what looks like a pepper mill. View full size.

 

Chez Windex: 1939

Chez Windex: 1939

June 12, 1939. "New York World's Fair, House of Glass No. 4. Combination bedroom and sleeping porch. Landefeld & Hatch, architect." Also known as the House of Bloody Noses. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

State and 44th: 1941

State and 44th: 1941

April 1941. "Street scene, South Side Chicago." 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Granny's House: 1939

Granny's House: 1939

1939. "Purnell House, Jeff Davis Street, Selma, Dallas County, Alabama. Porch with colonnettes." Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Old Union: 1937

Old Union: 1937

January 1937. "Man who works in the packinghouse at Deerfield, Florida." Our second visit to this pop stand. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration View full size.

 

Monroe Park: 1910

Monroe Park: 1910

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1910. "A pretty bit of Monroe Park -- bandstand and yacht club pier." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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