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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 • CAMPBELL SOUP KID, c. 1910

The Little Church: 1901

The Little Church: 1901

New York circa 1901. "The Little Church Around the Corner (Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, East 29th Street)." This Neo-Gothic confection, whipped up in 1849 and frosted with various architectural embellishments over the next 60 years, still stands as a sort of English country garden urban oasis. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

The Public Square: 1902

The Public Square: 1902

1902. "Public square -- Portsmouth, New Hampshire." Try our free filling station! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Four No Trump: 1943

Four No Trump: 1943

January 1943. "Washington, D.C. After dinner a bridge game goes on nightly in the largest room in the boardinghouse." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

And a Dog Named Boo: 1936

And a Dog Named Boo: 1936

April 1936. "House at 1629 North Ninth Street, Milwaukee." Or should that be 1313 Mockingbird Lane? Medium format negative by Carl Mydans. View full size.

 

Lights Up: 1929

Lights Up: 1929

San Francisco circa 1929. "Dodge Brothers truck at City Hall." Where illumination seems to be the order of the day (or night). 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Partial Monty: 1904

Partial Monty: 1904

Washington, D.C., circa 1904. "Frank, M.E." is all it says here. But minimalism seems to suit Mr. Frank, even if his tailor won't. 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio. View full size.

 

Downtown: 1939

Downtown: 1939

Spring 1939. "Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Downtown buildings near Walnut and Broad streets, looking east." Medium format nitrate negative by Paul Vanderbilt for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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