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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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Young Custer: 1865

Young Custer: 1865

"Major General George Armstrong Custer, officer of the Federal Army" circa 1865. Wet plate glass negative, studio of Mathew Brady. View full size.

 

Lt. Custer and Pvt. Pup: 1862

Lt. Custer and Pvt. Pup: 1862

May 20, 1862. "The Peninsula, Virginia. The staff of Gen. Fitz-John Porter; Lts. William G. Jones and George A. Custer reclining." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war: the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. Wet plate glass negative, half of stereograph pair, by James F. Gibson. View full size.

 

Evelyn Nesbit: 1901

Evelyn Nesbit: 1901

New York circa 1901. "Evelyn Nesbit, age 16, brought to the studio by Stanford White." A chorus girl turned artists' model, Evelyn Nesbit was at the center of a huge scandal in 1906 when her husband killed her former lover, the architect Stanford White. View full size. 8x10 glass negative by Gertrude Käsebier.

 

Cal's Car: 1924

Cal's Car: 1924

1924. Washington, D.C. "President and Mrs. Coolidge at Bolling Field." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Champ for President: 1912

Champ for President: 1912

"Convention in session, 3 a.m." Supporters of House Speaker Champ Clark for president at the Democratic nominating convention in Baltimore, June 1912. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Bambino: 1919

Bambino: 1919

Babe Ruth in 1919. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Charles and Anne: 1929

Charles and Anne: 1929

September 18, 1929. "Lindbergh & wife." Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, four months after they married. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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