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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 • BOOKS WANTED FOR OUR MEN: WWI

Houdini Swims: 1908

Houdini Swims: 1908

April 30, 1908. The Charles River in Boston. "Houdini in chains and handcuffs before jumping from Harvard Bridge." Photo by John Thurston. View full size.

 

Manhattan Modern: 1933

Manhattan Modern: 1933

New York, 1933. "Midtown Manhattan skyline -- Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick's Cathedral." Gelatin silver print by Irving Underhill. View full size.

 

Girl Astronaut: 1959

Girl Astronaut: 1959

October 1959. "Pilot and auto test driver Betty Skelton at McDonnell Aircraft Corp., St. Louis. She is undergoing a multitude of physiological tests to assess her fitness to become an astronaut." 35mm Kodachrome by Bob Sandberg for the Look magazine assignment "Girl Astronaut -- Lady wants to orbit." View full size.

 

Swing Street: 1948

Swing Street: 1948

July 1948. 52nd Street in New York. "The Street is at its best at night, when the neons start to bloom. It loses some of its carnival atmosphere when daylight dims its gaudy luster." Kodachrome by William Gottlieb for Down Beat magazine. If anyone needs us, we'll be digging Harry the Hipster at the Onyx. View full size.

 

Windows: c 1950

Windows: c 1950

This is by far the most unusual photo (from a stereo slide) that my grandfather ever took. To this day it still does not look real to me but more like an artists rendering of what the building will look like when completed. I have no idea where it was taken but a good guess would be Pittsburgh, as that is the nearest city to where he lived (Titusville) and ran a camera shop for 32 years. I would guess the year is the late 1940's or early 50's judging from what I can see of some cars that appear to be taxis lined up in front of the building on the right side. I tried to estimate just how many sides and windows there would be in this building complex but gave up after still not being convinced it was real. View full size.

Airport 1941

Airport 1941

July 1941. "Observation deck and airliner on the field seen through the window of the waiting room. Municipal (National) airport, Washington, D.C." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Onward & Upward: 1941

Onward & Upward: 1941

July 1941. "An airliner being readied for a takeoff. Municipal airport, Washington, D.C." Five years hence, this brand-new Eastern Air Lines DC-3 ended up on the wrong track. Medium format negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Text Messenger: 1941

Text Messenger: 1941

July 1941. "A Western Union girl. Washington, D.C., municipal airport." Acetate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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