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The Library of Congress invites you to explore history visually by looking at interesting photos from our collections. Please add tags and comments, too! More words are needed to help more people find and use these pictures.

By way of background, Library of Congress staff often make digital versions of our popular image collections available online as quickly as possible by relying primarily on the identifying information that came with the original photos. That text can be incomplete and is even inaccurate at times. We welcome your contribution of names, descriptions, locations, tags, and also your general reactions.

The Library’s Prints and Photographs Division houses some 14 million items, ranging from historical photographs and architectural drawings to advertising labels and posters from all over the world. You can find more than one million pictures among the digitized collections in the Prints and Photographs Online Catalog at the Library of Congress Web site. You might also enjoy the special presentations of photos also appear in American Memory and Exhibitions.

For more information or to ask a question about the sets of photos in flickr, please visit the Prints and Photographs Reading Room home page.

LOC Itself

LOC Itself

35 photos

Gardening in Color

Gardening in Color

682 photos

WPA Posters
9 comments

WPA Posters

27 photos

Your LOC Favorites
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Your LOC Favorites

19 photos

Civil War Faces
24 comments

Civil War Faces

1,160 photos

Gottlieb Jazz Photos
39 comments

Gottlieb Jazz Photos

1,601 photos

Baseball Americana
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Baseball Americana

23 photos

Framing the West

Framing the West

22 photos

FSA/OWI Favorites
20 comments

FSA/OWI Favorites

25 photos

1930s-40s in Color
122 comments

1930s-40s in Color

1,615 photos

News in the 1910s
32 comments

News in the 1910s

12,815 photos