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.
Vintage photos of:
January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago & North Western Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The caboose is the conductor's second home. He always uses the same one and many conductors cook and sleep there while waiting for trains to take back from division points." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.
The next entry in this curious series of photos from the Office of War Information archive, taken by Arthur Siegel in the summer of 1941 in Detroit. We're now well into the subset of pictures bearing the notation "This image in jacket marked 'Killed'."
"Detroit, Michigan. Girls playing cards and drinking Coca-Cola." View full size.
L.A., August 1952. "Marilyn Monroe attending a publicity event for the film Don't Bother to Knock." Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.