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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

Baby Carrier: 1890s

Baby Carrier: 1890s

"Lawrence, Mrs. G.W. -- between February 1894 and February 1901." 5x7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

Billy McClain: 1903

Billy McClain: 1903

Circa 1903. "Billy McClain." American entertainer and impresario (1866-1950) who started out in minstrelsy and whose interests eventually came to encompass boxing promotion and motion pictures. 5x7 glass negative (broken off at the top) from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

Weʼre Blasé: 1894

Weʼre Blasé: 1894

Circa 1894. "Fritz Reuter." The Washington, D.C., hotelier and his children Fritz and Gertrude. 5x7 glass negative by the C.M. Bell portrait studio. View full size.

 

New York: 1943

New York: 1943

May 1943. "Woman and her dog in the Harlem section." Medium format negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Family Sapling: 1907

Family Sapling: 1907

"Shands, A.R. (between August 1905 and January 1909)." The offspring of Wash­ington, D.C., physician Aurelius Rives Shands; little Agnes was last seen to better effect here. 5x7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio. View full size.

 

Been a Miner: 1939

Been a Miner: 1939

January 1939. "Unemployed miner. Herrin, Illinois." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

        Williamson County, Illinois, once produced 11 million tons of coal per year, and led the state in output. Since 1923, output has steadily declined until now it falls short of 2 million tons. At one time, sixteen mine-whistles blowing to work could be heard from the center of Herrin. Now only two mines are running and those will probably be abandoned within the next year. The Herrin office of the United Mine Workers of America was once the most active in the state. Today it is no longer self-sustaining. These pictures were taken in the Herrin UMWA office on a day when the mines were not working. They show the type of miners still employed in Williamson County but faced with the almost certain prospect of being discarded by the industry when the last mine is closed. (A.R., Jan. 1939)

 

Eminence Noir: 1880

Eminence Noir: 1880

        "Frederick Douglass is an example of somebody who has done an amazing job and is being recognized more and more, I notice."

-- President Trump, 2/1/2017

Washington, D.C., circa 1880. "Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), African-American abolitionist, seated, three-quarters length portrait." Wet plate stereograph negative, Brady-Handy Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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