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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Public Figures

Abraham Lincoln: 1865

Abraham Lincoln: 1865

February 5, 1865. "Abraham Lincoln, seated, holding spectacles and a pencil." Glass transparency; photograph by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

To FDR: 1918

To FDR: 1918

Washington, 1918. "Navy Dept. stores." Everything here seems to be addressed to "Hon. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Asst. Sec. of Navy, c/o Naval Observatory." Who can hazard a guess as to what might be in these boxes? View full size.

 

League of Nation: 1917

League of Nation: 1917

1917. Washington, D.C. "Congressional baseball game. President and Mrs. Wilson." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Tenor of His Time: 1919

Tenor of His Time: 1919

March 18, 1919. "Caruso and Muzio." Famed Italian tenor Enrico Caruso with the soprano Claudia Muzio in New York during his 15th year with the Metropolitan Opera and two years before his death. G.G. Bain Collection. View full size.

 

A Garden Party: 1929

A Garden Party: 1929

June 27, 1929. "President and Mrs. Hoover greeting their guests at White House reception for veterans." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Thanksgiving: May 1925

Thanksgiving: May 1925

May 21, 1925. "White House garden party for wounded veterans. President and Mrs. Coolidge greeting guests." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

J. Edgar Hoover: 1924

J. Edgar Hoover: 1924

December 22, 1924. "J.E. Hoover, Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice." A young J. Edgar Hoover, age 29, director of the government agency that we know today as the FBI. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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