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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Cranked: 1937

Cranked: 1937

April 1937. "Bureau in the bedroom of the house occupied by the Ingrahams and the Smallwoods near Nelma, Wisconsin." A cryptic tableau if there ever was one. Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Crank It: 1925

Crank It: 1925

June 29, 1925. "Dr. H.C. Hayes of U.S. Naval Research Lab, Bellevue, D.C." I'll bet that knob goes up to 11. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Through the Wringer: 1938

Through the Wringer: 1938

May 1938. Irwinville Farms, Georgia. "Mrs. Coleman doing a washing." Slow but steady progress in the science of mechanized laundry. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Hello Fada: 1929

Hello Fada: 1929

Washington, D.C., circa 1929. "Loomis Radio School." A display of Fada radio sets. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dynamo Room: 1904

Dynamo Room: 1904

Circa 1904. "Dynamo room with switchboard." Seen earlier here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Power and Light: 1904

Power and Light: 1904

Circa 1904 somewhere in North America. "Switchboard in dynamo room." (UPDATE: Also seen here.) 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Cockaday and Banning: 1924

Cockaday and Banning: 1924

New York circa 1924. "L.M. Cockaday and Maj. Kendall Banning." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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