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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Hatchlings: 1942

Hatchlings: 1942

October 1942. "New B-25 bombers lined up for final inspection and tests at the North American Aviation plant in Kansas City, Kansas." 4x5 Kodachrome trans­parency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Fear Factor: 1942

Fear Factor: 1942

New York, 1942. Kathryn Crum, the wife of bandleader Eddie South, in the dental chair. Another of Albert Fenn's uncaptioned photos from the OWI archive. Now, Mrs. South, if you'll just open a little wider, this won't hurt a bit. View full size.

 

Federal Fortification: 1864

Federal Fortification: 1864

1864. "Point of Rocks, Virginia (vicinity). Redoubt 'Zabriskie' on Appomattox River." Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Morris Lapidus: 1946

Morris Lapidus: 1946

        The architectural ubermensch of Miami Beach, best remembered for the Fontainebleau Hotel.

Dec. 13, 1946. "Morris Lapidus, 256 E. 49th Street, New York. Lapidus in his office." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Park Avenue Hotel: 1905

Park Avenue Hotel: 1905

        This Second Empire edifice opened in April 1878 as the Working-Women's Hotel, only to close eight weeks later due to an acute case of insolvency. Reopened as the Park Avenue Hotel, the cast-iron marvel at 34th Street lasted until 1924, when it was replaced by an office tower.

New York Circa 1905. "Park Avenue Hotel, Fourth Avenue entrance." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Welcome to Denver: 1908

Welcome to Denver: 1908

        Click here for a view of the arch from the depot.

Denver, Colorado, circa 1908. "Welcome arch and Union Depot." Where blurry pedestrians risk the retoucher's brush. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Venetian Blond: 1943

Venetian Blond: 1943

June 1943. Arlington County, Va. "Arlington Farms, war duration residence halls. A room at Idaho Hall." Sunny yet noirish photo by Esther Bubley. View full size.

 
 
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