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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Public Figures

Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty: 1908

Mrs. Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty: 1908

October 27, 1908. "Mrs. W.J. [William Jennings] Bryan and Mrs. Flaherty in carriage" in New York. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Billy Mitchell: 1923

Billy Mitchell: 1923

September 25, 1923. Brigadier General William Mitchell in Washington, D.C. An important figure in the development of military aviation, "Billy" Mitchell is regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force. His criticism of Army and Navy leaders after the crash of the airship Shenandoah in 1925 led to a court-martial and subsequent resignation. When it came to clothes, cars and horses, he was a connoisseur of the good life. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Hats Off for Cal: 1926

Hats Off for Cal: 1926

May 1, 1926. President Coolidge and Boy Scouts on the South Lawn of the White House. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection.

 

Hanging in There: 1913

Hanging in There: 1913

September 15, 1913. Frederick Schnell and father-in-law Ardolph Kline, a president of the New York City board of aldermen who served as NYC mayor for three months following the unexpected death, five days before this picture was taken, of William Jay Gaynor. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Arthur Fields: 1920

Arthur Fields: 1920

The vaudevillian, singer and composer Arthur Fields (Abe Finkelstein) circa 1920. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Lush Life: 1941

Lush Life: 1941

April 1941. "Prosperous Chicagoan spends evening at home." View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Russell Lee. A few Shorpy readers have identified this as bluesman Big Joe Turner.

 

Christmas Seals: 1923

Christmas Seals: 1923

President Coolidge buying Christmas seals in 1923 to benefit the Tuberculosis Association. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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