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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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Shoo's: 1917

Shoo's: 1917

Washington circa 1917. Shoomaker's saloon at 1311 E Street N.W. after having moved from 1331 E Street in late 1914. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size. Thanks to Quondam Washington for the inspiration.

 

Southern Belle: 1956

Southern Belle: 1956

South Carolina, 1956. More from this series of pictures on life in the South. Color transparency by Margaret Bourke-White, Life magazine archive. View full size.

American Idol: 1956

American Idol: 1956

More from the South Carolina roadhouse. So far I've found five pictures of these two mixing it up, either wrestling or dancing. The captions don't say anything about what's going on, but the girl seems delighted. Color transparency by Margaret Bourke-White, Life magazine image archive. View full size.

Road House: 1956

Road House: 1956

1956. "Segregation in South Carolina. Separate and unequal recreation facilities." I've looked at hundreds of photos from this assignment and would have to agree -- the white folks in general seem to be having a lot less fun in their hopelessly boring bars, uptight country clubs and over-chlorinated swimming pools. Eventually they got wise. Color transparency by Margaret Bourke-White. View full size.

Fairview Hotel: 1916

Fairview Hotel: 1916

Washington circa 1916. "Fairview Hotel, 1st Street and Florida Avenue." The proprietor is former slave and "colored philosopher" Keith Sutherland. See the comments below for more on him. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Baked Lunch: 1918

Baked Lunch: 1918

Washington circa 1918. "Food Administration cafeteria." The lima bean soup looks delicious. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Johnstons Branch Newsies: 1910

Johnstons Branch Newsies: 1910

St. Louis, Missouri. May 1910. "Newsies. Johnston's Branch adjoining Saloon at 10th & Cass Street." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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