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.
Vintage photos of:
An advertising-sign collector's dream, taken in a bygone meat market in Lafayette, Indiana (undated, but we think it's from 1958). The photo was among a batch of negatives of local business scenes from the private collection of the owner of a long-time camera shop in Lafayette, which recently (and sadly) closed. View full size.