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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 • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Portraits

Detective Shanley: 1937

Detective Shanley: 1937

New York City detective Mary Agnes Shanley pulls a pistol out of her handbag. Shanley shows what awaits a pickpocket. She had more than a thousand career arrests. From the New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, 1937. View full size.

 

Marie Delna

Marie Delna

French opera singer Marie Delna (1875-1932). Photo from the George Grantham Bain collection. No date recorded. View full size.

 

Quite the Dish: 1902

Quite the Dish: 1902

A well-rounded young lady in dancing costume as photographed in the studio of Fitz Guerin in 1902, the year before his death. View full size.

St. Paul: 1939

St. Paul: 1939

Lady resident of a St. Paul rooming house. September 1939. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by by John Vachon, Farm Security Administration.

 

Portrait of a Young Woman: c. 1902

Portrait of a Young Woman: c. 1902

A portrait of a young woman by Fritz W. Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.

Dive: c. 1902

Dive: c. 1902

A young woman poses as if she is about to dive from diving board. Photograph by Fritz W. Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.

Smoke Rings: 1902

Smoke Rings: 1902

A young woman reclines on a sofa holding a burning cigarette. Photo by Fritz W. Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.

 
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