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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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Knickerbocker Disaster: 1922

Knickerbocker Disaster: 1922

Jan. 29, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Knickerbocker after collapse." Aftermath of the Knickerbocker Theater disaster, in which the snow-laden roof of Harry Crandall's cinema at Columbia Road and 18th Street caved in, killing 98 moviegoers. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Lana Lounging: 1951

Lana Lounging: 1951

1951. Santa Barbara, California. "Lana Turner by pool at the Coral Casino." Color transparency by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Attic Bride: 1942

Attic Bride: 1942

September 1942. "Manpower. Americans all. Husky, bright-eyed Joe Gore Jr. is a young American of Polish descent who is determined that Hitler shall be driven from Poland and kept from America's shores. Machining medium tank parts in a Midwest plant during most of the daylight hours leaves Joe in a quite weary state when evening rolls around. Joe's home shows vestiges of 'old country' influences, but his own personal attic sanctum is solid Americana. Note the Home Bride, and the rocker that any mountain home would welcome. Pressed Steel Can Co., Chicago." Photo by Ann Rosener, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Smart Clothes: 1910

Smart Clothes: 1910

Canal Street in New Orleans circa 1910. Large building is the Maison Blanche department store. 8x10 inch glass negative, exposed about six minutes before this image, posted here three years ago. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Flushing Commandos: 1942

Flushing Commandos: 1942

October 1942. "High school Victory Corps. The 'fireman's carry.' Method of carrying a wounded comrade is shown here by boys in the 'commando' course of the physical education program at Flushing High School, Queens, New York." Photo by William Perlitch for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Globe Gasoline: 1936

Globe Gasoline: 1936

May 1936, somewhere in Indiana. "Auto transport at gas station." Everyone has a nice hood ornament here. Photo by Carl Mydans. View full size.

 

Cat House: 1935

Cat House: 1935

Circa 1935. "Reuben Lovett house, Princess Anne County, Virginia. Structure dates to 1790." 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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