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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

On the Radar: 1952

On the Radar: 1952

September 1952. "Man in an airport control tower looking at radar screen." From photos by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "International Airport." Who'll be first to locate this anonymous airfield? View full size.

 

Facts on File: 1942

Facts on File: 1942

June 1942. "United States Office of Defense Transportation system of port control and its traffic channel control. Washington, D.C." Analog records at your fingertips. Photo by Albert Freeman, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Greased Lightning: 1924

Greased Lightning: 1924

        Our second look at this locomotive, whose cylindrical design echoes the shape of its steam-boiler brethren even though it's entirely electric.

June 1924. Washington, D.C. "Largest and most powerful electric locomotive in the world being exhibited by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway and the General Electric Co." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Mightiest Electric: 1924

Mightiest Electric: 1924

June 1924. Washington, D.C. "Largest and most powerful electric locomotive in the world being exhibited by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway and the General Electric Co." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Equipped by Kogod-Dubb: 1935

Equipped by Kogod-Dubb: 1935

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "D.G.S. Store and other vendors at trade exhibi­tion." 8x10 inch acetate negative, National Photo Company. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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