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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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Dog-Pounds: 1914

Dog-Pounds: 1914

1914. "Dogs in costume weighing 'baby' puppy on scale." The kittens are taking a break this week. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Short Commute: 1943

Short Commute: 1943

April 1943. Washington, D.C. "Little boy riding on a streetcar." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Toy Story: 1949

Toy Story: 1949

October 1949. "Cowboy entertainer Gene Autry posing with children's clothing and toys which have his name and/or image on them." Kodachrome from photos by Frank Bauman and Stanley Kubrick for Look magazine. View full size.

Kiwi-Haw: 1905

Kiwi-Haw: 1905

New Zealand circa 1905. "Eight young men in ragtag clothing with hats, pots, broom, shovel, accordion, pipes, gun and dog. Sumner, Christchurch." Five of these fun-loving hayseeds are the Myrtle Campers from this post. Glass negative by Adam Maclay, Alexander Turnbull Library. View full size.

 

Evelyn and Russell: 1913

Evelyn and Russell: 1913

New York, 1913. "Mrs. Evelyn Nesbit Thaw and son." Photo by Arnold Genthe, whose serene portrait belies the intensity of the scandal that engulfed Evelyn when her husband killed her former lover, the architect Stanford White, in 1906. While Harry Thaw denied paternity of the child raised as his son, Evelyn always maintained that Russell Thaw was conceived during a conjugal visit with her husband at Matteawan State Hospital for the Criminally Insane. View full size.

 

Rustic Modern: 1944

Rustic Modern: 1944

May 4, 1944. "Jesse Oser residence, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Louis I. Kahn, architect. Living room to fireplace." With a nice view of the avant-garden. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Hell Gate: 1930s

Hell Gate: 1930s

A view over 1930s Manhattan showing the Hell Gate Bridge across the East River in the distance, the Waldorf-Astoria towers and 230 Park Avenue (Helmsley Building) foreground, Lincoln Building lower right, and a gleaming New York Hospital on the right. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 
 
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