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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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Civil Union: 1860s

Civil Union: 1860s

"Two Civil War soldiers in Union uniforms in front of painted backdrop showing military camp scene." Quarter-plate tintype, hand colored. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Top Brass: 1860s

Top Brass: 1860s

Man with a horn, ca. 1861-65. "Soldier in Union infantry uniform with saxhorn." Sixth-plate tintype, hand-colored. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Droll Soldiers: 1860s

Droll Soldiers: 1860s

More Civil War cutups. "Unidentified men in Union uniforms, one pointing a revolver at another's head." Half-plate tintype, hand-colored. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Second-Hand Smokers: 1860s

Second-Hand Smokers: 1860s

Guys gone wild, 1860s style. "Unidentified soldiers in Union uniforms holding cigars in each other's mouths." Ninth-plate tintype, hand-colored. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

A Garland of Goddesses: 1909

A Garland of Goddesses: 1909

New York, 1909. "Greek Festival -- Gladys Mumford, Mary Meyers, Susan Dresser, Elise Holmes, Mary French, Alice Richard, Gladys Robbins." The theme here is classical antiquity, although Miss Holmes betrays a certain Cubist insouciance. 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Frenemies: 1900s

Frenemies: 1900s

Washington, D.C., ca. 1900s. "Flatmouth, Chief, group." Chief Flatmouth, the formidable-looking gent seated at right, is wearing a medal that reads REDMEN'S CONVENTION, WALKER MINN., Aug. 12th 1901. The bald fellow and the Chief's lieutenants await identification. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

Billie Burke: 1908

Billie Burke: 1908

Washington, D.C., circa 1908. "Burke, Billie, Miss." The stage actress and D.C. native Billie Burke, last seen here a week ago. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 
 
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