In general, the Gallery depends on the capabilities of the browser which you have on your system. Lynx, for example, is a character-based browser which simply cannot display images, and there is nothing to be done about that. If you use Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera, Communicator, or any browser which conforms to the HTML 3.0 specifications (at least), then you should be able to search, view the entries, and display the larger version of the images.
Here are some somewhat-dated questions and their answers:
- Why do the pictures look so grainy?
One possibility is that your system is set up for 16 colors, rather than the 256 colors or more that we require. The “standard” default Windows VGA mode, for example, is 640 by 480 pixels, using 16 colors. This prevents any acceptable rendering of images such as ours. Macintoshes and most attended-to PCs use the more eye-pleasing 256 colors.
- I’ve got 256 colors, and the full-scale images are still grainy. why?
It may be that you’re using your browser’s internal graphic viewer. These often sacrifice image quality for display speed. Selecting the option in your viewer to use an external “helper application” for JPG files (often this is set in “preferences” or in “setup”), will provide better display capabilities. Any good graphics software capable of viewing JPG files, such as Adobe Photoshop, will work well. And there are many shareware programs available on the Web.
- I can’t find any pictures of Nebraska during the Great Depression. Why not?
We have established the geographic limits of the current Gallery of the Open Frontier as being the Louisiana Purchase (roughly the land west of the Mississippi River, excluding Alaska), and the chronological limit as being 1917, the end of World War I.
- I can’t find a picture of Wild Bill Hickock holding cards in his hands. I know that it exists. Why isn't it here?
The Gallery of the Open Frontier is still in its infancy; we will not have all the photos digitized for years, nor will we digitize every photo in the Archives’ collections. We also will be unable to digitize photos from private collections unless we receive permission; many of the most famous, most-used photos come from such collections. We welcome suggestions for particular photos or images to be considered for inclusion. Send your suggestion, with as much identifying information as you have available to you, to us through the e-mail address on our comments page.