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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Boats & Bridges

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.

 

A Real Lifesaver: 1915

 A Real Lifesaver: 1915

"Man demonstrating ship rescue apparatus" circa 1915 somewhere near New York City. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Bethlehem-Fairfield: 1941

Bethlehem-Fairfield: 1941

Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, Baltimore. 1941. "Between the ways of this large Eastern shipyard run tracks for flatcars carrying materials or sections to be hoisted onto the deck of Liberty ships under construction." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

A Drive Across the Oakland Bay Bridge

A Drive Across the Oakland Bay Bridge

Taken by sailor off the USS California in 1938. A nice shot of cars coming traveling the Bay Bridge (Thanks El Frijole). View full size.

Ak-Sar-Ben, Ah-a-Mo: 1938

Ak-Sar-Ben, Ah-a-Mo: 1938

November 1938. The Ak-sar-ben toll bridge over the Missouri River between Iowa and Nebraska at Omaha. View full size. Photograph by John Vachon.

 

Gee's Bend: 1939

Gee's Bend: 1939

May 1939. "Old cable ferry between Camden and Gee's Bend, Alabama." 35mm negative by Marion Post Wolcott, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

To the Other Side: 1865

To the Other Side: 1865

The Chain Bridge over the Potomac River circa 1865, with the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal in the foreground. View full size. Wet collodion glass plate negative by William Morris Smith. From negatives compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge.

 
 
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