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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 • THERE'S NO MEDICINE FOR REGRET, 1945

Battered Barouche: 1921

Battered Barouche: 1921

        Using the Internets and clues provided by the photo, you should be able to figure out who this is! It took me about 15 minutes. (SPOILER: The mustachioed gent is most likely W.V. Wolfe, proprietor of the Frederick & Washington Bus Line, advertised in the sign behind the car -- which was actually the bus.)

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Studebaker car." Surrounded by a number of colorful-looking characters. 8x6 glass negative, National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Quincy Copper: 1906

Quincy Copper: 1906

1906. "Shaft No. 2, Quincy copper mine, Hancock, Michigan." Whatever is going on in there, we're glad we don't have to wash the windows. View full size.

 

Greek System: 1927

Greek System: 1927

Circa 1927. "Denishawn dancers." Photographed during what seems to be a lull in the toga party. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Boy, Bike, Boat: 1906

Boy, Bike, Boat: 1906

The Detroit River circa 1906. Steamer Tashmoo at St. Clair Flats, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hotel Winston: 1913

Hotel Winston: 1913

Washington, D.C., 1913. "Winston Hotel car." Parked, it would seem, in front of the Hotel Winston, First Street and Pennsylvania Avenue N.W. View full size.

 

Backyard Boston: 1929

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Backyard Boston: 1929

"Boston, Massachusetts, aerial view, 1929." Who'll be first to identify the neighborhood? 4x5 glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Sunny Boy: 1933

Sunny Boy: 1933

August 1933. "Muschenheim, Carl, Mrs., child of, portrait photograph." 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 
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