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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

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Left and Right: 1922

Left and Right: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Auto accident." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Filling Station: 1924

Filling Station: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Havoline Oil Company." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Fully Leveraged: 1940

Fully Leveraged: 1940

September 1940. "Mountaineer trying to change tire with a fence post as a jack. Up south fork of the Kentucky River, Breathitt County." 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

Hats Off: 1920

Hats Off: 1920

Another circa 1920 shot of the stage and film actress Grace Valentine and that Packard Twin Six roadster. Starting in 1916, Grace was one of the players in a Vitagraph film serial called The Scarlet Runner, about young Christopher Race and his "super car," the Scarlet Runner. (The final installment of the 12 two-reel episodes was "The Car and the Girl.") While unfortunately no prints of the film are known to survive, the story still exists on paper, having been serialized in newspapers of the day. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Road Locomotive: 1920

Road Locomotive: 1920

The actress Grace Valentine circa 1920 in an expensive looking Packard roadster. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Grace Valentine: 1920

Grace Valentine: 1920

The film and stage actress Grace Valentine circa 1920 at the wheel of an enormous roadster. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Rockers: 1922

Rockers: 1922

Vienna, Virginia, circa 1922. Summer residence of Iowa senator William S. Kenyon and family. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 
 
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