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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 • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Roofscape: 1900

Roofscape: 1900

Manhattan circa 1900. "New York's business district from Woodbridge Building." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size. Just to the right of this view.

 

The Twiddler: 1922

The Twiddler: 1922

Washington, D.C. December 19, 1922. "Rep. Vincent Morrison Brennan, Republican of Michigan, listening in on the proceedings of the House, with a receiving set." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Boys of Summer: 1923

The Boys of Summer: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Opening of Potomac bathing beach." Everyone say "yaaaay!" National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

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.

 
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