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.
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.
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.
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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