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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Boats & Bridges

Prima Donna: 1912

Prima Donna: 1912

May 1912. "Madame Gadski and daughter." The noted opera singer shipboard in New York. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Maritime Mascots: 1923

Maritime Mascots: 1923

September 7, 1923. "Massachusetts Nautical School." Sailors and shipboard pets. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Cruising: 1922

Cruising: 1922

June 26, 1922. "Laura Lyle, Olive Robinson, Virginia Roche, Ruth O'Brien" aboard a ship. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Titanic Survivors: 1912

Titanic Survivors: 1912

April 22, 1912. Our second look at Lolo (Michel) and Edmond Navratil, survivors of the Titanic disaster whose father went down with the ship. View full size. Lolo, the last remaining male survivor of the Titanic sinking, died in 2001.

 

Eight Is Enough: 1926

Eight Is Enough: 1926

May 1, 1926. Eight-oar shell crew of Capital Athletic Club against a backdrop of the Key Bridge over the Potomac. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Capital Athletic: 1926

Capital Athletic: 1926

May 1, 1926. Washington, D.C. Eight-oar shell crew of the Capital Athletic Club on the Potomac between the Francis Scott Key and Aqueduct bridges. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Canoe Club: 1924

Canoe Club: 1924

1924. Washington Canoe Club rowers on the Potomac near the recently finished Key Bridge and older Aqueduct Bridge. View full size. National Photo Co.

 
 
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