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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

G.G. Bain

Family Outing: 1921

Family Outing: 1921

New York or vicinity circa 1921. "Byron on boat." The actor Arthur Byron and family. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Wrapped in the Flag: 1917

Wrapped in the Flag: 1917

New York, 1917. The American soprano Marcia Van Dresser, who participated in War Bond and patriotic programs at the Metropolitan Opera. And on that high note, Shorpy wishes you a Happy Fourth of July! View full size.

 

Gloria Swanson: 1924

Gloria Swanson: 1924

Sept. 4, 1924. The future Norma Desmond shipboard in New York. Now where'd we put our close-up lens? Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Second Varsity: 1914

Second Varsity: 1914

Summer 1914. "Penn 2nd varsity crew team in Poughkeepsie." Rowers at the boathouse. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Come Play With Us: 1920

Come Play With Us: 1920

Dec. 27, 1920. New York. "The Hilger Sisters -- Mary (Maria), Elsa, Margaret (Greta)." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Polo Grounds: 1909

Polo Grounds: 1909

New York, 1909. "Polo Grounds, view from Coogan's Bluff (baseball)." 8x10 inch glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Mallets Aforethought: 1924

Mallets Aforethought: 1924

April 5, 1924. New York. "Lambdin Kay." Broadcaster and celebrated thingamabob prodigy. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 
 
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