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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.

 
 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Cow Boy: 1942

Cow Boy: 1942

July 1942. East Montpelier, Vermont. "Conrad Ormsbee with automatic electric milkers. His father agreed to increase his Jersey herd from 25 to 30 milkers to aid in the Food for Freedom program." Photo by Fritz Henle. View full size.

 

Fire Wire: 1922

Fire Wire: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "No. 12 Engine Company." Note the paper tape reels used for recording location information from "Gamewell boxes," the automatic-telegraph system used by municipal fire alarms. View full size.

 

Red Channels: 1959

Red Channels: 1959

August 5, 1959. "Russians looking at television sets and radios at the USSR Exhibition in Sokolniki Park, Moscow, next to the American National Exhibition." U.S. News & World Report Magazine Photograph Collection. View full size.

 

Bombs Away: 1929

Bombs Away: 1929

1929. Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "NO CAPTION [Man in airplane]." Next-door neighbor to this image in the Harris & Ewing negative series. View full size.

 

Bright Star: 1929

Bright Star: 1929

Washington, D.C., circa 1929. "No caption [radio set]." Experts please opine! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Golden Boys: 1942

Golden Boys: 1942

October 1942. State School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. "Speed in metallurgical anal­ysis, to match the rapidity with which the nation arms itself, is possible through use of the spectrograph, a marvelous new machine used for study of materials through measurements of the arc of light they emit when heated. The aluminum and magnesium industries, steel companies and foundries use it for quick study of metals. Mines use it for exploration. The spectrograph will yield an analysis of seven elements in 15 minutes, which would require up to four hours by old chemical methods. Students in defense training courses at a famous mining-engineering school listen as an instructor shows them how the machine operates." Photo by Andreas Feininger, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Gearheads: 1916

Gearheads: 1916

Sept. 26, 1916. "Boys of Wanganui Technical College, New Zealand, during an engineering class." Tesla Studios glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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