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.
Vintage photos of:
Firestone rubber plant. Akron, Ohio. February 1942. "Conversion. Beverage containers to aviation oxygen cylinders. After the circumferential straps are welded to the cylindrical portion in the metal division of a large Eastern rubber factory, rough edges and accumulated weld scale are removed by a skilled workman. The twin rotary brushes do their work on the inside and outside of the cylinder in the same operation. This process is required in the manufacture of shatterproof oxygen cylinders for high altitude flying." 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Philadelphia, November 1839. "Robert Cornelius, self-portrait facing front, arms crossed. Inscription on backing: The first light-picture ever taken. 1839." One of the first photographs made in the United States, this quarter-plate daguerreotype, taken in the yard of the Cornelius family's lamp-making business in Philadelphia, is said to be the earliest photographic portrait of a person. View full size.