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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 • BANFF NATIONAL PARK, 1936

Central Armory: 1905

Central Armory: 1905

Cleveland circa 1905. "Central Armory, Ohio National Guard." Last seen here. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Field of Wheels: 1942

Field of Wheels: 1942

November 1942. Chicago. "Wheels and axles outside the locomotive shops at an Illinois Central Railroad yard." Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Nash-and-Grab: 1919

Nash-and-Grab: 1919

San Francisco circa 1919. "Nash touring car." Across from the pool hall, taking delivery of some apple crates and an Edison Electric Something-or-Other. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

United Nations: 1952

United Nations: 1952

March 18, 1952. "United Nations Secretariat and General Assembly from Welfare Island, East River." 5x7 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Neighbors: 1938

Neighbors: 1938

September 1938. "House, Negro and white section, Charleston, West Virginia." 35mm nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Mr. Pretzel: 1910

Mr. Pretzel: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Seller of pretzels, Sixth Avenue." With a dusting of salt and snow. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Dumbbelles: 1928

Dumbbelles: 1928

Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1928. "Washington Sanitarium gymnasium." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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