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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

Happy, Smiling Faces: 1922

Happy, Smiling Faces: 1922

A group portrait with children waving taken on July 24, 1922. The circumstances of the gathering and the location were not recorded, but it was likely taken in the Washington, D.C. area. National Photo Company collection. View full size.

 

Miss Louise Johnson: 1920

Miss Louise Johnson: 1920

Miss Louise Johnson, from 1920. Her somewhat damaged appearance is maybe appropriate since the Shorpy Mid-Atlantic office is just coming back online after an agonizingly long Internet outage. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Flipper: 1950

Flipper: 1950

Models in swimsuits by fashion photographer Toni Frissell, 1950. View full size.

 

Detective Shanley: 1937

Detective Shanley: 1937

New York City detective Mary Agnes Shanley pulls a pistol out of her handbag. Shanley shows what awaits a pickpocket. She had more than a thousand career arrests. From the New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection, 1937. View full size.

 

Marie Delna

Marie Delna

French opera singer Marie Delna (1875-1932). Photo from the George Grantham Bain collection. No date recorded. View full size.

 

Quite the Dish: 1902

Quite the Dish: 1902

A well-rounded young lady in dancing costume as photographed in the studio of Fitz Guerin in 1902, the year before his death. View full size.

St. Paul: 1939

St. Paul: 1939

Lady resident of a St. Paul rooming house. September 1939. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by by John Vachon, Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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