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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

G.G. Bain

Young Tarzan: 1922

Young Tarzan: 1922

Johnny Weissmuller in an Illinois Athletic Club swimsuit circa 1922, prior to winning five Olympic gold medals in 1924 and 1928. Before becoming Tarzan and signing a movie contract with MGM in 1932, Weissmuller was a spokesmodel for BVD swimwear. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Grand Central Station: 1908

Grand Central Station: 1908

Crowd outside Grand Central Station, returning from summer vacations. Sept. 8, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Penn Station: 1910

Penn Station: 1910

Pennsylvania Station in New York as seen from Gimbel's department store circa 1910. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size | See the interior.

 

Harvard Varsity: 1911

Harvard Varsity: 1911

Harvard Varsity, 1911. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Evidence that not every rowing squad in the 1910's was fashion-challenged.

 

Syracuse Boathouse: 1914

Syracuse Boathouse: 1914

1914. "Syracuse Varsity crew team at boathouse." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

All Suits Sterilized: 1910

All Suits Sterilized: 1910

"Hot day at Coney Island." Circa 1910. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. What we have here is an ocean of people and a puddle of ocean.

 

Penn Varsity: 1914

Penn Varsity: 1914

Summer 1914. "Penn varsity crew team in Poughkeepsie." Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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