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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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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.

 

Page Turner: 1922

Page Turner: 1922

New York circa 1922. A label transcribed as "Farraham" semi-identifies this enigmatic lady, last seen here. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

G-Man Jr.: 1917

G-Man Jr.: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Hoover, John Edgar." The future head of the FBI in his early 20s. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Beulah Ogle: 1933

Beulah Ogle: 1933

November 1933. Gatlinburg, Tennessee. "Beulah Ogle preparing warp for weaving at the Pi Beta Phi School. She is a new weaver at the school and lives on a mountain farm." Another example of Lewis Hine's post-newsie oeuvre. Large format nitrate negative, National Archives. View full size.

 

Asleep on His Feet: 1938

Asleep on His Feet: 1938

Summer 1938. "Negro asleep. Florence County, South Carolina." 3¼x4¼ negative in the FSA archive attributed to "Cox, photographer." View full size.

 
 
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