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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

The Damner: 1920

The Damner: 1920

The Bay Area in 1920. "Dodge auto on boardwalk. 'The Damner' on Miller Tires Coast-to-Coast." All we know about what seems to have been a promotional stunt is preserved in this 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Well-Connected: 1935

Well-Connected: 1935

Washington, D.C., 1935. "Woman at Western Electric telephone switchboard." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Winter Light: 1920

Winter Light: 1920

"Boston Common, 1920, Park Street side. Horses pulling snow plow." 4x5 inch glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Cities Service: 1952

Cities Service: 1952

From around 1952, what looks to be somewhere in the Northeast, comes this faded 120 Ektachrome of a Cities Service gas station. Fillerup with Premium, and we'll be in the coffee shop while the Cadillac is on the lube rack. View full size.

 

Swingers: 1900

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Swingers: 1900

From circa 1900, somewhere in North America, comes this glass negative labeled "Lettis. Women on swing." The giant hats are especially fetching. View full size.

 

Paiges on Parade: 1926

Paiges on Parade: 1926

"Paiges on Fillmore Hill at Broadway." San Francisco in 1926 is the setting for this latest entry in the Shorpy Pageant of Extinct Conveyances, a passel of parked Paiges. 8x10 film negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Wood Jeweler: 1900

Wood Jeweler: 1900

From circa 1900 in Parts Unknown comes this 4x5 glass negative of G.H. Wood Jeweler, the business, and possibly a Wood or two. View full size.

 
 
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