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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.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Metropolitan Life: 1908

Metropolitan Life: 1908

June 16, 1908. The Metropolitan Life tower under construction in New York City. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Mott Street: 1910

Mott Street: 1910

1910. Mott Street in New York's Little Italy, now Chinatown. At the left, 166 Mott (Raffaele Venezia Cafe) is now Face to Face Skin Care. Google Street View. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Election Night: 1909

Election Night: 1909

November 2, 1909. Watching the municipal election returns at the offices of the New York Herald and Evening Telegram, with the results beamed out from the projection booth using slides. William Gaynor was elected mayor. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size. Lots to see here.

 

Manhattan Bridge: 1909

Manhattan Bridge: 1909

March 23, 1909. Construction of the Manhattan Bridge as seen from Brooklyn. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Madison Square Garden: 1908

Madison Square Garden: 1908

New York, 1908. "Madison Square Garden ready for horse show." 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Children's Aid: 1908

Children's Aid: 1908

New York, 1908. "Children's Aid Society." View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

A Tight Spot: 1941

A Tight Spot: 1941

December 1941. "Treads for Army halftracks, made of rubber firmly bonded to steel members, are cured under heat and pressure in molds which are first sprayed with a lubricant. Goodrich tire plant, Akron, Ohio." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 
 
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