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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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Portraits

Barefoot Boy: 1902

Barefoot Boy: 1902

New Zealand circa 1902. "Unidentified family group outdoors, probably Christchurch district." Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Doppelginger: 1952

Doppelginger: 1952

July 1952. "Photographs show models posed leaning shoulders against mirrors, resulting in reflected images. Includes women wearing furs and jewels; various hairstyles." Color transparency by Louis Faurer for the Look magazine assignment "Reflected Beauty: Hair Now Gets Double Exposure." View full size.

 

Red Scarer: 1953

Red Scarer: 1953

April 1953. Washington, D.C. "Sen. Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin." Kodachrome by Frank Bauman for the Look magazine assignment "Joe McCarthy: The Man With the Power." Not to mention what looks like a pepper mill. View full size.

 

The Wallflowers: 1943

The Wallflowers: 1943

June 1943. "Gloucester, Mass. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lopez. They have two boys in the armed forces, six children altogether. He is a fish skinner in the Gorton-Pew fishery." Photo by Gordon Parks, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Amazing Grace: 1950s

Amazing Grace: 1950s

"Dr. Grace Hopper, director, Systems Research, Remington Rand, half-length portrait, seated, smoking cigarette." The pioneering computer programmer and Navy admiral (1906-1992) is the subject of today's Google Doodle, marking her 107th birthday. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. View full size.

 

Here's Looking at Me: 1918

Here's Looking at Me: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "H&E photographer." A conceptual selfie made out of two glass negatives from the Harris & Ewing studio. View full size.

 

Dos Bailarines: 1929

Dos Bailarines: 1929

New York. May 15, 1929. "Fernandez, Marcelino, Mr. and Mrs." Shy, not. Large format nitrate negative from the studio of Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 
 
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