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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 • CHRISTMAS PRINTS

Christmas in Buffalo: c. 1910

Christmas in Buffalo: c. 1910

Christmas with my grandparents in Buffalo, New York. They are the couple on the right. Grandmother emigrated to the U.S. in 1909. This is likely from one of their first Christmases in America as the image comes from a glass negative. There are a couple dozen glass negatives so it would appear that Granddad moved to film stock by the Teens.

The other folks in the image are unknown by name but appear in multiple negatives from this time period. I'm fairly positive that none are relatives -- more likely other immigrant friends from Germany or acquaintances met in the U.S.

The "Charlie Brown" tree is decorated with nearly two dozen burning candles! The chandelier appears to be gas with flow regulators on each of the arms going to the globes. View full size.

Three Women: 1940

Three Women: 1940

Iowa, 1940. "Untitled." A rather enigmatic scene -- Iowa noir. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Broadway Santa: 1902

Broadway Santa: 1902

New York circa 1902. "Santa Claus on Broadway." Collecting donations for Volunteers of America. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

On the Beach: 1906

On the Beach: 1906

New Jersey circa 1906. "The beach, Atlantic City." The right half of a panorama formed with this image. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Mom: 1941

Mom: 1941

April 1941. "Mother and two children. Family is on relief. Chicago, Ill." Acetate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

The Sopranos: 1920

The Sopranos: 1920

New York circa 1920. "Viafora and Herbert." The sopranos Gina Ciaparelli-Viafora (seated) and Evelyn Herbert. G.G. Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Sam's Back: 1908

Sam's Back: 1908

New York City circa 1908. "Sam Kramer." Bodybuilder and wrestler. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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