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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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Egg Role: 1920

Egg Role: 1920

The stage actress Martha-Bryan Allen (whose sister Elizabeth Allen was mother of "Bewitched" star Elizabeth Montgomery), circa 1920. View full size. G.G. Bain.

 

Margaret Zolnay: 1925

Margaret Zolnay: 1925

June 18, 1925. "Miss Margaret Zolnay." Our second look at this beguiling ballerina. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Louisiana: 1937

Louisiana: 1937

July 1937. "Louisiana Negress." View full size. Medium-format nitrate negative and caption by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Three Girl Pyramid: 1957

Three Girl Pyramid: 1957

One cold February night your webmaster was faced with a choice: Poignant sepia- tinged Lewis Hine urchin ("says 12 yrs., but it is doubtful") or a 1957 Kodachrome titled "Three Girl Pyramid." After a nanosecond of deliberation, the Oscar for Best Transparency in a 100-Year-Old Photo Blog goes to: "Three Girl Pyramid"! [Rest of the caption: "Beautiful Florida Cypress Gardens 4/5/57."] View full size.

 

Florida: 1957

Florida: 1957

"Cypress Gardens, Fla. Visited April 5, 1957." From a new set of found 35mm Kodachromes. This one probably purchased in the gift shop. View full size.

 

Olga Cook: 1923

Olga Cook: 1923

Broadway actress Olga Cook, leading woman of the popular operetta "Blossom Time," in Washington in 1923. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Union Station: 1943

Union Station: 1943

Washington, 1943. A study in contrasts at Union Station. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparencies, photographer unknown. Office of War Information.

 
 
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