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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 • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Public Figures

See Dick Run: 1956

See Dick Run: 1956

August 1956. "Attendees at the Republican National Convention, San Francisco, California." They liked Ike, and Richard Nixon too. Photograph by Thomas J. O'Halloran, U.S. News & World Report. View full size.

 

Norma Shearer: 1929

Norma Shearer: 1929

July 24, 1929. "Norma Shearer (Mrs. Irving Thalberg)." The Oscar-winning actress at the White House. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Sisler, Ruth, Cobb: 1924

Sisler, Ruth, Cobb: 1924

October 4, 1924. "Sisler, Ruth, Cobb." George Sisler, Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb at the first game of the 1924 World Series at Griffith Stadium in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dog of War: 1862

Dog of War: 1862

1862. The Peninsula, Virginia. "Lt. George A. Custer with dog." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war, the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

John McCain: 1973

John McCain: 1973

April 24, 1973. "Interview with Lt. Commander John S. McCain, Vietnam prisoner of war." Medium format negative by Thomas J. O'Halloran. View full size.

Pete and El: 1944

Pete and El: 1944

February 1944. The folk singer Pete Seeger entertaining Eleanor Roosevelt, honored guest at a Valentine's Day party to mark the opening of the United Federal Labor Canteen in Washington. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Joseph Horne for the Office of War Information.

 

Tom Thumb: 1850s

Tom Thumb: 1850s

"Tom Thumb, full-length portrait, facing front, standing on table." Half-plate daguerreotype c. 1850-55 from the studio of Mathew Brady. View full size.

 
 
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