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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 • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Doris and Dot: 1943

Doris and Dot: 1943

June 1943. "Washington, D.C. Pasting up a telegram at the Western Union telegraph office. Doris and Dorothy Bell send and receive telegrams from the Baltimore circuit." If only Doris had been named Dash. Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Young Salt: 1943

Young Salt: 1943

January 1943. "New York. Sixteen-year-old boy who is in the naval reserve on Mulberry Street." Along with a trove of telephone graffiti that looks as old as he is. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Chair Car: 1922

Chair Car: 1922

January 1922. Washington, D.C. "Man in three-wheeled vehicle." Which is, according to the nameplate, a ____G CAR. 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

Whee: 1930

Whee: 1930

Wellington, New Zealand. "Woman using a vacuum cleaner in a hallway, photographed early 1930s by Gordon Burt." Sign on the landing: "NOW is the opportunity to be quit of the DRUDGERY of housework." View full size.

Data Entry: 1942

Data Entry: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "U.S. Office of Defense Transportation system of port control and its traffic channel control." More antique IBM punch-card equipment. Photo by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Engauged: 1942

Engauged: 1942

September 1942. "Washington, D.C. Conversion of the Shoreham Hotel furnace from oil to coal burning system." Crank it, boys, and let's see what this thing'll do. Photo by Howard Liberman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Can You Hear Me Now: 1925

Can You Hear Me Now: 1925

1925. Washington, D.C. "Broadcasting equipment." Adjusting the "modulator tube filament rheostat." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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