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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Pretty Girls

Miss Orloff Regrets: 1921

Miss Orloff Regrets: 1921

New York, June 3, 1921. "Orloff (girl in slacks)." Our third and final look at this intriguing ingenue. 5x7 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size.

 

On the Table: 1921

On the Table: 1921

Circa 1921, the mysterious Miss Orloff again. For this second of three portraits in the Bain archive, she's thrown on some actual clothes. If not dressed to the nines, she's at least up to the twos. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Songbird: 1921

Songbird: 1921

One of three circa 1921 glass negatives in the Bain archive labeled "Orloff." Who can identify this diaphanously draped mystery girl? The photo would have been taken in or around New York. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Lucky Ducks: 1927

Lucky Ducks: 1927

April 21, 1927. "Do ducks swim? Misses Eugenia Dunbar and Mary Moose." The main focus here is of course the horse trough, once a common item of street furniture in many big cities. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Snow Angels: 1922

Snow Angels: 1922

"Blizzard, January 28, 1922." In Washington, D.C., freezing weather is no match for a sunny disposition. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Seven Up: 1920

Seven Up: 1920

"Bathing beach, 1920." Seven lovelies at the Potomac bathing beach near the Tidal Basin. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dangerous Curves: 1947

Dangerous Curves: 1947

Los Angeles, February 1947. "Young upcoming Hollywood starlet Marilyn Monroe practicing in dance class." Photo by J.R. Eyerman. View full size.

 
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