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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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Animal Call: 1914

Animal Call: 1914

1914. "Puppy dressed as a woman, standing on chair to use telephone." Rover can sit, stay and speak, but can she gossip? Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

A Cartful of Kittens: 1914

A Cartful of Kittens: 1914

Circa 1914. "Puppy leading pony cart carrying three kittens." So sweet, you could pour this on your pancakes. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Rock-a-Bye Puppy: 1914

Rock-a-Bye Puppy: 1914

Circa 1914. "Puppies in rocking crib." From the timeless genre of "humorous scenes of puppies and kittens dressed as humans and posed in human domestic situations." Photo by Harry W. Frees, Route 3, Rayersford, Pa. View full size.

 

Texas Tourists: 1920

Texas Tourists: 1920

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1920. "Dr. A.A. Foster and family of Dallas, Texas." A second look at the auto-tourists seen here yesterday, and their modified Model T Ford. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Auto-Campers: 1920

Auto-Campers: 1920

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1920. "Dr. A.A. Foster and family of Dallas, Texas, in auto tourist camp." A novelty that would evolve into tourist cabins of the 1920s and '30s, the motor courts of the '40s and '50s and culminate in the motor hotel, or "motel." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The Hunt: 1918

The Hunt: 1918

Washington, D.C., or vicinity ca. 1918. "Hunting scene" is the not terribly specific label for this sporting view. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The Diva and the Dog: 1917

The Diva and the Dog: 1917

November 19, 1917. New York. "Frances White." A singer of brief renown (for "The Spelling Song"), Frances, seen here at age 19, was half of the vaudeville team Rock & White. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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