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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Portraits

Friday's Child: 1905

Friday's Child: 1905

"Durant, Mrs. T. (child) -- between March 1905 and August 1906." 5x7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

New Woman: 1896

New Woman: 1896

        Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), best known on these pages as a prolific chronicler of Southern architecture, was also something of a feminist firebrand in her younger years. The photographer is seen here at age 32 in a triple-threat sendup of the 1890s "New Woman" -- smoking, drinking, showing some leg.

Self-Portrait as "New Woman," 1896. "Frances Benjamin Johnston, seated in front of fireplace, facing left, holding cigarette in one hand and beer stein in the other, in her Washington, D.C., studio." Gelatin silver print. View full size.

 

Lady Dyes: 1915

Lady Dyes: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Dye, Margaret, Miss, group." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ready for Duty: 1860s

Ready for Duty: 1860s

1861-65. "Soldier in Union uniform and cap box standing with musket and bayonet with scabbard." Sixth-plate tintype, hand-colored, removed from frame. Liljen­quist Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Marlene: 1952

Marlene: 1952

March 1952. "Marlene Dietrich makes her stage debut in Chicago." Color transparency by Phillip Harrington for Look magazine. View full size.

Anita O'Day: 1958

Anita O'Day: 1958

        Who needs
        Cadillacs
        Mink coats
        The income tax?

        So we're squares
        Who cares?
        Baby -- I'm with you!

New York, 1958. "Singer Anita O'Day, half-length portrait, facing front." 8x10 gelatin silver print, CBS Television Network Photo Division. View full size.

 

Young Sprouts: 1900

Young Sprouts: 1900

From somewhere in New England circa 1900, it's the group of serious-looking students last seen here, somewhat rearranged and more closely integrated with the greenery. 5x8 inch dry plate glass negative.View full size.

 
 
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