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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Pretty Girls

Fifty-Eight an Hour: 1943

Fifty-Eight an Hour: 1943

June 1943. "Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Bernice Stevens of Braddock, Pa., mother of one child, employed in the engine house of the Pennsylvania Railroad, earns 58 cents per hour. She is cleaning a locomotive with a high pressure nozzle. Her husband is in the Army." Photo by Marjory Collins. View full size.

 

Doppelginger: 1952

Doppelginger: 1952

July 1952. "Photographs show models posed leaning shoulders against mirrors, resulting in reflected images. Includes women wearing furs and jewels; various hairstyles." Color transparency by Louis Faurer for the Look magazine assignment "Reflected Beauty: Hair Now Gets Double Exposure." View full size.

 

Bicycle Queen: 1959

Bicycle Queen: 1959

March 20, 1959. "Sixteen-year-old actress Annette Funicello, Bicycle Queen of 1959." New York World-Telegram and Sun Photo Collection. View full size.

 

Milk and Cuties: 1951

Milk and Cuties: 1951

1951. Santa Barbara, California. "Lana Turner lunching by pool at the Coral Casino with daughter Cheryl Crane." Hollywood royalty, mingling with the hoi polloi. Color transparency by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

The People's Voice: 1942

The People's Voice: 1942

1942. Our second example from Albert Fenn's record of "the life of Negroes in New York." Like the majority of the more than 150 photos in this collection from the OWI archive, this one has no caption. But there are clues. View full size.

 

Lana Lounging: 1951

Lana Lounging: 1951

1951. Santa Barbara, California. "Lana Turner by pool at the Coral Casino." Color transparency by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Made It Myself: 1922

Made It Myself: 1922

June 17, 1922. "Washington Advertising Club bathing costume contest at Tidal Basin." Our second look at the stylish entry of Miss Anna Niebel, the "former Follies girl" who took first place. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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