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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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Montgomery Block: 1940

Montgomery Block: 1940

San Francisco March 1940. "Built as the largest and safest office building in San Francisco, the Montgomery Block became the headquarters of professional men from 1853 to 1890. It was the only major downtown San Francisco building to escape the earthquake and fire of 1906." Previously seen here, its site became a parking lot in 1959, and is now part of the footprint of the Transamerica Pyramid. Large format negative by A.J. Whitlock for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

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Love the keystones, bottom right. No one today would even think about putting up such an interesting architectural detail. The one on the left looks a little bit like a skull/death's head!

'38 Ford

"38 Ford Deluxe at the curb on the left.

Going with the 'Flow

In the row of six parallel-parked cars in the front center of the photo, the first one in line (just behind where the pickup is pulling out) appears to me to be a Chrysler Airflow. It looks strange from that angle, but I viewed my 1/32-scale model Airflow from a similar vantage point, and got a pretty good match.

A. Paladini

On the pickup down the street. Still in business.

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