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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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Si Wa Wata Wa: 1903

Si Wa Wata Wa: 1903

1903. The Zuni elder Si Wa Wata Wa. Who does not look like someone who put up with much nonsense. Photograph by Edward S. Curtis. View full size.

 

Old Hero of Gettysburg: 1863

Old Hero of Gettysburg: 1863

July 1863. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. "John L. Burns, the 'old hero of Gettysburg,' with gun and crutches." Burns, born ca. 1793, was a 70-year-old veteran of the War of 1812 when he was wounded in the Battle of Gettysburg, having volunteered his services as a sharpshooter to the Federal Army. He died of pneumonia in 1872. Wet-plate glass negative by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. View full size.

 

Supertramp: 1915

Supertramp: 1915

"Untitled circa 1910-1917." Who is this boho hobo -- a tramp with a literary bent who did well in track and field? We do know that he's standing outside Bryan's Lunch Room (George F. Bryan, proprietor) at 101 B Street S.E. in Washington. Something else we know: Bryan's had a duckpin bowling team in the Capitol Hill league. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Through the Looking-Glass

Through the Looking-Glass

Self-portrait circa 1910. The only thing out of focus is the photographer. Does anyone know what kind of camera he's using? Scanned from the original 5x4 inch glass negative. View full size.

J. Edgar Hoover: 1924

J. Edgar Hoover: 1924

December 22, 1924. "J.E. Hoover, Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice." A young J. Edgar Hoover, age 29, director of the government agency that we know today as the FBI. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Mme. Alda: 1909

Mme. Alda: 1909

"Alda relaxing at home." The soprano Frances Alda in 1909, a year before she married Metropolitan Opera manager Giulio Gatti-Casazza. She was said to have "a temper as red as her hair." George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Marvin Maazel: 1921

Marvin Maazel: 1921

The pianist Marvin Maazel, uncle of conductor Lorin Maazel, circa 1921 in New York. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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