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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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U.S.S. Galena: 1862

U.S.S. Galena: 1862

1862. On the James River in Virginia. "Effect of Confederate shot on Federal ironclad Galena." Wet plate glass negative by James F. Gibson. View full size.

 

At Ease: 1862

At Ease: 1862

July 9, 1862. "James River, Virginia. Sailors relaxing on deck of the U.S.S. Monitor." From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1861-1865. View full size. Wet plate negative, left half of stereograph pair. Photograph by James F. Gibson.

 

Ironclad: 1862

Ironclad: 1862

July 9, 1862. Deck and turret of U.S.S. Monitor on the James River, Virginia. From photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy. Wet collodion glass negative, left half of stereo pair. Photographed by James F. Gibson. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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