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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Doffer Boys

Doffer Boys

Sweeper and doffer boys in Lancaster Cotton Mills, Dec. 1, 1908. Lancaster, S.C. View full size.

Ration Book

Ration Book

With many parents engaged in war work, children are being taught the facts of point rationing for helping out in family marketing. February 1943. View full size.

A Day at the Races

A Day at the Races

As dangerous as auto racing is today, races in the early days were even more so. Note the unbanked dirt track and the open cockpit in these cars.

That's my great, great Uncle Willie driving the Fronty Ford marked with a 7. Apparently, he held a few local records on the 50-mile dirt track. This is from 1924 in Cedarburg, Wisconsin - a suburb of Milwaukee. View full size.

B-17 Bomber Crew

B-17 Bomber Crew

Shared by JimEichholz: My great uncle Paul Salk (kneeling 2nd from left) together with the rest of his bomber crew in front of their B-17. He was a tail-gunner. Later he moved to a B-29, and unfortunately died in a rendezvous accident with another B-29. Photo was taken in early 40s. View full size.

Alphonse B. Biever

Alphonse B. Biever

Al Biever, Intramural Football Center, St. John's University, Collegeville, MN. Photo: Page 92 of the 1923 Sagatagan year-book, Major Champs. Left to right, rear: Brunner, Benolken, Al Biever, Rev. Albert, Coach, Wieland, Krautkremer; front: Esser, Guettler, Hermanutz, Marrin, Krebsbach, Roan. They are not pictured with shoulder pads. This must have been before they were introduced. The year was 1923 and St. John's housed both college-level students and high-school students. My father took classes there as a high school Commercial student. St. John's still stands in its same location, although much changed. View full size.

At Camp Kinderland, August 1938

At Camp Kinderland, August 1938

Me and my buddies at Camp Kinderland in the summer of 1938. I’m the very handsome bloke holding the bat and looking into the camera. Alas, I’ve changed a bit since then ...

Work Horse

Work Horse

Jack Hackney and his work horse "Buddy," near Coldwater Kansas, circa 1945. The picture has not been altered -- the horse was huge and Mr. Hackney was small.

 
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