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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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Portraits

Young Models: c. 1900

Young Models: c. 1900

A portrait of two girls seated, one looking at the braided hair of the other. The photograph is by the Tonnesen Sisters of Chicago, c. 1900. The Tonnesen Sisters ran one of the country's first photo studios for the purpose of creating advertising images. They also ran one of the first professional modeling agencies. View full size.

 

Madam Varela: 1922

Madam Varela: 1922

Madam Varela and children pose in 1922. From the National Photo Company collection. The family was likely part of the diplomatic community in Washington. View full size.

 

The Reaper

The Reaper

A young woman models in a studio for photographer Fitz W. Guerin. No date is recorded with the photo, but it was probably taken around 1902. View full size.

A.S. Gerdee: 1943

A.S. Gerdee: 1943

April 1943. A.S. Gerdee of 3251 Maypole Street, Chicago, a switchman at the Proviso Yard of the Chicago & North Western Railroad. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 

Jackson County: 1936

Jackson County: 1936

Today, a selection of images by the undeservedly obscure Farm Security Administration photographer Theodor Jung. April 1936. "Wife of rehabilitation client. Jackson County, Ohio." 35mm nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Model With Book

Model With Book

A young model lies in bed with a book. Photo by Fitz W. Guerin, between 1900 and 1903. View full size.

Cowgirl Model: c. 1902

Cowgirl Model: c. 1902

A young woman models, wearing a cowgirl outfit and holding a rope. Photo by Fitz W. Guerin, c. 1902. View full size.

 
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