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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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Sweet Snuff: 1938

Sweet Snuff: 1938

September 1938. "Express Agency office and general store in coal mining town of Scotts Run, West Virginia." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

June Wetting: 1912

June Wetting: 1912

Summer 1912. "District of Columbia parks. Children at fountains and pools." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Whirlpool Rapids: 1900

Whirlpool Rapids: 1900

Circa 1900. "Whirlpool Rapids from Niagara Railway bridge, Niagara Falls, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

New Jersey Zinc: 1911

New Jersey Zinc: 1911

Paterson, New Jersey, circa 1911. "American Locomotive Co. Rogers Works. 0-4-0 locomotive for New Jersey Zinc Co." 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Deluxe Depot: 1941

Deluxe Depot: 1941

October 1941. "Main Street, Holyoke, Massachusetts." Home to the Deluxe Blueway Lines bus depot and, across the street, the movie palace also seen here. Medium format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 

In the Cloud: 1923

In the Cloud: 1923

San Francisco, 1923. "Studebaker rally car." Possibly a veteran of one of the brass-era Glidden Tours or similar event. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Devil & Miss Jones: 1941

The Devil & Miss Jones: 1941

October 1941. "Theatre in workers' section at Holyoke, Massachusetts." For whatever reason, we're craving a Coke. Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 
 
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