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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 • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Boats & Bridges

New York City: 1901

New York City: 1901

New York City as seen from the Statue of Liberty circa 1901. Cyanotype by the Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

December 7, 1941

December 7, 1941

December 7, 1941. Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Small boat rescues a seaman from the 31,800-ton USS West Virginia. Note the two men in the superstructure. The USS Tennessee is inboard. View full size. Office of War Information.

 

Strawberry Plains: 1863

Strawberry Plains: 1863

December 1863. Bridge at Strawberry Plains, 20 miles northeast of Knoxville. Wet-plate glass negative by George N. Barnard, half of stereo pair. "These photographs are of the Siege of Knoxville, Nov.-Dec. 1863. The difficult strategic situation of the Federal armies after Chickamauga enabled Bragg to detach a force under Longstreet which aimed to drive Burnside out of East Tennessee and did shut him up in Knoxville, which he defended successfully. These views, taken after Longstreet's withdrawal on December 3, include one of Strawberry Plains, which was on his line of retreat. Barnard was photographer of the chief engineer's office, Military Division of the Mississippi, and his views were transmitted with the report of the chief engineer of Burnside's army, April 11, 1864. View full size.

 

Heel: 1942

Heel: 1942

Sheffield, Alabama (Tennessee Valley Authority). Kenneth C. Hall, his wife and daughter rowing on the Tennessee River. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein for the Tennessee Valley Authority, June 1942. View full size.

 

On the Waterfront: 1941

On the Waterfront: 1941

December 1941. Along the waterfront of Christiansted, Saint Croix, in the Virgin Islands. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Man and the Sea: 1942

Man and the Sea: 1942

A Portuguese dory fisherman rows his boat out at 4:30 a.m. leave for the banks off Cape Cod. Photograph by John Collier, 1942. View full size.

 

Belle Isle: 1865

Belle Isle: 1865

Spring 1865. Belle Isle railroad bridge from the south bank of the James River after the fall of Richmond. View full size. Glass plate negative from the Civil War collection compiled by Hirst D. Milhollen and Donald H. Mugridge.

 
 
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