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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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Call Me Bossy: 1936

Call Me Bossy: 1936

April 1936. "Ropesville Farms, Texas. United States Resettlement Administration rural rehabilitation project." Moooo. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

One Gun, One Bunny: 1922

One Gun, One Bunny: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Denby Christmas tree." Junior remembers this as the best Christmas ever! His gun-giving dad is Secretary of the Navy Edwin Denby. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Pachyderm Promenade: 1905

Pachyderm Promenade: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Coney Island -- Luna Park promenade." Elephants on parade. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Birds: 1939

The Birds: 1939

November 24, 1939. Washington, D.C. "Mexican Ambassador a canary fancier. The Mexican Embassy resembles a bird store these days now that Ambassador Senor Dr. Don Francisco Castillo Najera has gone in for the breeding of canaries in a big way. Here we see the Ambassador visiting a few of his feathered friends with his daughter, Ermita." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Mrs. Piggy: 1940

Mrs. Piggy: 1940

1940. "Curtis Whitlock, Sanpete County, Utah, Farm Security Administration rehabilitation client, was on Work Projects Administration relief for a time before he was able to rent a farm, after having lost out once in farming. His Farm Security Administration loan put him on his feet and bought him breeding stock such as the purebred sow in this picture, foundation dairy cows, and a fine work mare." Medium-format negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

The Lion King: 1905

The Lion King: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Bostock, Dreamland, Coney Island." This popular attraction was part of British-born animal impresario Frank Bostock's zoological empire. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Oliver W.: 1905

Oliver W.: 1905

Florida circa 1905. "Oliver W., the famous trotting ostrich, Florida Ostrich Farm, Jacksonville." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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