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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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Boys' Club: 1910

Boys' Club: 1910

1910. "Columbia crew at Poughkeepsie boathouse -- Members of the Columbia University varsity eight-oared crew team. Top row: R.K. Murphy, F. Miller, Paul Renshaw, A.M. Hamman, W. Steinschneider, G. Downing; bottom row: S. Pitt, A. Brock, and F.H. Saunders at Poughkeepsie, New York, for an intercollegiate regatta." Gelatin silver print. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Avant-Garden: 1920

Avant-Garden: 1920

Denishawn dance company founder Ruth St. Denis and husband Ted Shawn with garden party guests (bridesmaids? caterers? vestal virgins?), among them the modern dance pioneers Louise Brooks and Martha Graham. View full size.

 

First Resort: 1911

First Resort: 1911

July 1911. "Street scene, 2nd Avenue, Asbury Park." Greetings from this pleasant setting for the ice wagon, streetcar, sandwich shop and resort hotels. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

The Swingers: 1909

The Swingers: 1909

April 2, 1909. "Playground at Hamilton Fish Park." New York, New York -- it's a toddler town. 5x7 inch glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Mud and Guts: 1918

Mud and Guts: 1918

Somewhere in Europe circa 1918, from a series of World War I views. "Dead German artilleryman." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Franco-American: 1913

Franco-American: 1913

July 14, 1913. "French fete." Bastille Day in New York 101 years ago, where the Continental lunch menu included Frankfurters, Clam Chowder, "All Kinds of Sandwiches" and Ice Cold Milk. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Big Plans: 1924

Big Plans: 1924

August 21, 1924. New York. "C.G. Dawes." Charles G. Dawes, some two months away from being elected Vice President of the United States. His platform: Helping the little man. 5x7 inch glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 
 
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