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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Public Figures

Private Ruth: 1924

Private Ruth: 1924

Yankees slugger Babe Ruth on May 28, 1924, at the War Department in Washington shortly after signing up for a three-year stint in the New York National Guard. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Piano Man: 1922

Piano Man: 1922

Ed Smalle, "the singing comedian," at the keyboard circa 1922. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Cal and Car: 1924

Cal and Car: 1924

August 14, 1924. President Calvin Coolidge and his radio-equipped Buick automobile in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Babe, Bill, Jack and Vean: 1916

Babe, Bill, Jack and Vean: 1916

Babe Ruth, Bill Carrigan, Jack Barry and Vean Gregg of the Boston Red Sox in 1916. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Loie Fuller: 1902

Loie Fuller: 1902

The dancer Loie Fuller in a 1902 portrait by Frederick Glasier. View full size.

 

Mayer Sisters: 1927

Mayer Sisters: 1927

Misses Edith and Irene Mayer, daughters of movie magnate Louis Mayer, call on President Calvin Coolidge. View full size.

 

Archie Roosevelt: c. 1903

Archie Roosevelt: c. 1903

Archie Roosevelt, the son of Theodore, sits on a pony. Photograpy by Pach Bros., c. 1903. View full size. | Archie's biography.

 
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