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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TO EUROPE THE AMERICAN WAY

Queens of the Rodeo: 1923

Queens of the Rodeo: 1923

May 29, 1923. "Wild West performers." At the Shrine convention in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Foghorn Jr.: 1923

Foghorn Jr.: 1923

Washington, D.C. May 29, 1923. "Foghorn Clancy Jr., youngest member of the rodeo to perform in Wild West show during the Shrine convention." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Acme at Work: 1921

Acme at Work: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Acme Card System Co." Another look at this pioneering indexing and filing system, as well as a rare glimpse at the day job of one Miss O. Oyl. Seen here recording an order for magnetic birdseed. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Max and Annette: 1919

Max and Annette: 1919

The Library of Congress title says this lady is "trying on a ring in Kohn’s, Minneapolis." One hates to question the LOC, but they mislaid a vowel. That's Max A. Kohen. For decades he ran a jewelry store known for its exuberant public relations and easy-credit promises; the newspapers of the teens and 20s always had a picture of laughing M. A. K., face cleaved by his grin. [View full size.]

The customer? Annette Kellerman, the million-dollar mermaid, proponent of the scandalous one-piece bathing suit, and the first woman to attempt to swim the English Channel. She had a sister in Minneapolis. [Annette's bio | Max's bio]

Max's old store in the Loeb Arcade, and his streamlined store in 1936.

Minker Motor Co.: 1922

Minker Motor Co.: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Minker Motor Co., 14th Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Christmas Break: 1958

Christmas Break: 1958

December 1958. My godmother and her family pay us a Christmastime visit and we all pose for this interesting shot. At upper right, my mother, father and brother stand beyond the range of focus behind my godmother; tterrace version 12.4 sits in front of her, and on the left her family: Alfred and his wife, and Milton, who has thoughtfully broken his leg, thereby adding a certain piquancy normally absent from scenes like this. On his cast, under "What are you looking at" is a Christmassy version of the classic Kilroy graffito.

My brother set this shot up, using the relatively new ASA 100 Super Anscochrome film and a 500-watt daylight photoflood bulb. Unfortunately a serious miscalculation resulted in a grossly overexposed slide, and I sweated bullets to get this much image and color from it. View full size.

Our Christmas Play: 1923

Our Christmas Play: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Mrs. Shren's dancing class." With a Nutcrackerish-looking holiday production. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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