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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

The Tabulator: 1917

The Tabulator: 1917

1917. "Census Bureau, Department of Commerce, tabulating machine." An early punch-card tabulator, a distant forebear of today's computers. Two photos of this monster yet to come. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Mrs. New Tunes In: 1924

Mrs. New Tunes In: 1924

January 14, 1924. "Mrs. Harry S. New," wife of the Postmaster General. This might be good fodder for a caption contest. Which commences right now with yours truly as the judge. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Shorpy Calling

Shorpy Calling

Shorpify your iPhone or iPod (and impress everyone else in the elevator) with some bling from our brand-new iPhone Wallpaper Gallery. Cost to you: nada.

The Clerical Army: 1924

The Clerical Army: 1924

From 1924, another view of clerks calculating the "soldiers' bonus" for the War Department. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Multi-Processor Computing: 1924

Multi-Processor Computing: 1924

November 24, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Bonus Bureau, Computing Division. Many clerks figure the amount of the bonus each veteran is entitled to." View full size.

 

Gamers: 1924

Gamers: 1924

"Radio at Garfield Hospital, Washington, circa 1924." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Apparatus: 1929

Apparatus: 1929

August 24, 1929. "Donald H. Brooks, Bureau of Standards." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. So -- what's he doing?

 
 
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