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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Portraits

The Perils of Paulina: 1929

The Perils of Paulina: 1929

Washington, D.C., circa 1929. "Paulina Longworth with mother." Mumsy being the former Alice Roosevelt, oldest daughter of Teddy and wife of House Speaker Nicholas Longworth. Paulina's short life ended with an overdose in 1957, when she was 31. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Watch the Birdie: 1930

Watch the Birdie: 1930

Washington, D.C., circa 1930. "Timmons, Mrs. Bascom N." We'll let you fill in the blanks. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Caregiver: 1914

The Caregiver: 1914

November 18, 1914. "Mrs. George Creel, baby of, portrait photograph." Little Frances Creel, daughter of the writer George Creel and actress Blanche Bates, and an anonymous extra. 5x7 glass negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Dressed to Kill: 1935

Dressed to Kill: 1935

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "Connolly, Francis, Mrs." Wearing parts of at least three different species, including a fur with canine extensions. View full size.

 

Silvester, the Cat: 1913

Silvester, the Cat: 1913

March 3, 1913. "Miss Marjorie Silvester and Buzzer the cat." Favored furry prop in the portrait studio of Arnold Genthe. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Angry Bird: 1928

Angry Bird: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Shelley, James, Mrs." Whose hat is about to attack the camera. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Sitting Bricks: 1920

Sitting Bricks: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Swartzbaugh, C.E., Mrs." Who'll be the first to write on her wall? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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