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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Portraits

Partners: 1941

Partners: 1941

September 1941. "Mr. and Mrs. William Gaynor, Farm Security Administration dairy farmers, near Fairfield, Vermont." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration.

 

Tom Thumb: 1850s

Tom Thumb: 1850s

"Tom Thumb, full-length portrait, facing front, standing on table." Half-plate daguerreotype c. 1850-55 from the studio of Mathew Brady. View full size.

 

Iron Man: 1848

Iron Man: 1848

"Occupational portrait of young man pressing cloth with an iron. Note in case behind daguerreotype: Aron McGove, Lebanon, Dec. 18, 1848." Sixth-plate daguerreotype, photographer unknown. Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Locksmith: 1850s

Locksmith: 1850s

Circa 1850s occupational portrait of a latchmaker, photographer unknown. Sixth-plate daguerreotype. One of 25 occupational portraits in the Library of Congress daguerreotype collection. View full size.

 

Five Sisters: 1850

Five Sisters: 1850

The Clark sisters circa 1850. Half-plate daguerreotype. Note on stationery of the Arts Club of Washington, in handwriting of Frances Benjamin Johnston, identifies sitters (l-r): "Aunt Harriet Allen, Aunt Ladonia Hoy, Grandma Joanette C-B, Aunt Julia Millard, Aunt Laura." (Harriet Elizabeth Clark Allen, 1818-1863; Ladonia Charlotte Clark Hoy, b. 1827; Joanette Clark Benjamin, c. 1814-1880; Juliaette Alcesta Clark, b. 1820; Laura Miles Clark Palmer, b. 1822.) View full size.

 

Young Custer: 1865

Young Custer: 1865

"Major General George Armstrong Custer, officer of the Federal Army" circa 1865. Wet plate glass negative, studio of Mathew Brady. View full size.

 

Newport: 1902

Newport: 1902

"The Sketch." 1902. Beatrice Baxter Ruyl in Newport, Rhode Island. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier. View full size.

 
 
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