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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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Homer at Home: 1919

Homer at Home: 1919

New York circa 1919. "Homer." The Metropolitan Opera contralto Louise Homer, aunt of Samuel Barber, and five of her six children with the composer Sidney Homer. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Piano Prodigy: 1922

Piano Prodigy: 1922

November 1922. New York. "Evelione Taglione, 16-year-old pianist." As pictured, maybe a little closer to playing the violin. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

The Guitar Lesson: 1910

The Guitar Lesson: 1910

New York, 1910. "Elvira de Hildalgo." Our winsome Spanish soprano reprises her previous appearance, this time with instrumental accompaniment. Among her vocal pupils in later years was Maria Callas. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Elvira: 1910

Elvira: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Elvira de Hidalgo." The young (b. 1891) Spanish soprano around the time of her appearance with the Metropolitan Opera as Rosina in "The Barber of Seville." 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Fast Learners: 1908

Fast Learners: 1908

New York. "Columbia Relay Team, 1908. Capt. A. Zink, G.W. Hoyns, B. Sanders, K.M. Boorman." 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

The Inauguration: 1913

The Inauguration: 1913

March 4, 1913. "Inauguration of Woodrow Wilson as 28th President of the United States." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Billy and the Giant: 1912

Billy and the Giant: 1912

June 27, 1912. Rye, New York. "Wells & Coffey." English heavyweight champion "Bombardier" Billy Wells, left, sparring with Jim Coffey, the Roscommon Giant, to prepare for his fight with Al Palzer. Palzer won by a knockout in the third round. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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