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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 CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Portraits

Rubbing: 1905

Rubbing: 1905

The title of this 1905 photo by George Lawrence is "Rubbing," with a copyright assigned to Cluett, Peabody & Co., which in the 1930s developed the Sanforization pre-shrink process for cottons. View full size.

 

Squaw Wanted: 1906

Squaw Wanted: 1906

This circa 1906 photograph of a young Inuit man doing laundry (titled "Squaw Wanted" — not just politically but ethnographically incorrect, we'd say) is by Goetze of Nome, Alaska. View full size.

 

Louise Cromwell: 1911

Louise Cromwell: 1911

Louise Cromwell poses in fox furs, c. 1911. This is likely the wealthy heiress who married General Douglas MacArthur on February 14, 1922. View full size.

 

Young FDR: 1911

Young FDR: 1911

Franklin Roosevelt in a portrait dated February 3, 1911, a few days after his 29th birthday. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Mermaid: 1939

Mermaid: 1939

A fashion model underwater in the dolphin tank at Marineland, Florida. View full size. A similar image by fashion photographer Toni Frissell was published in Vogue in October 1939. Frissell had a knack for taking photos of women underwater. In 1947 she took another photo at Weeki Wachee Spring, which we posted as Lady in the Water.

 

On a Pier: c. 1902

On a Pier: c. 1902

A woman wearing bonnet poses on a photo set of a pier with a painting of a fishing boat in the background. Photograph by Fritz W. Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.

Nettie Featherston: 1938

Nettie Featherston: 1938

June 1938. Nettie Featherston, laborer's wife with three children near Childress, Texas. "I just prayed and prayed and prayed all the time that God would take care of us and not let my children starve." View full size | Audio interview.

 
 
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