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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Portraits

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.

 

Can We Go Home Now?

Can We Go Home Now?

Circa 1890s New Zealand. "Carte de visite portrait, Maori woman and child from Hawkes Bay." Glass negative, Samuel Carnell studio, Napier. View full size.

 

Cat-Woman: 1914

Cat-Woman: 1914

May 12, 1914. "King, G., Miss, with Buzzer the cat. 135 E. 66th Street, New York City." Buzzer served as a prop in dozens of these portraits by Arnold Genthe. 5x7 glass negative, with much curlicue stippling. View full size.

 
 
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