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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Bergen tunnel (Colorized)

Bergen tunnel (Colorized)

1900 New Jersey. View full size.

Special Train Car

These colorized photos are simply amazing. If I can read the sign on this railroad car correctly, it says Detroit Photographic Company, the company which produced so many of these high-quality photos in black-and-white.

So, it appears to me this might be the railroad car the DPC used to hold cameras and developing equipments, and probably a darkroom or two to develop film and make prints.

Can you imagine moving that railroad car from town to town, taking these pictures? Maybe half of the car was a sleeper section, so the two or three people had a place to sleep while they worked?

Any ideas? (Boy, I'd love that job today...)

[It is the Detroit Photographic Special. See here and here. - tterrace]

 
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