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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 • DON'T TALK LOOSELY TO STRANGERS

Cast Party: 1936

Cast Party: 1936

February 11, 1936. Washington, D.C. "NO CAPTION (Young man in bed with leg in cast)." Blown up here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Hop In, Honey: 19xx

Hop In, Honey: 19xx

From somewhere in San Francisco comes this undated, unlabeled photo of a lady in a fancy-looking phaeton with a glass headrest. Who can tell us what she's driving, and when? 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Compleat Angler: 1901

Compleat Angler: 1901

Circa 1901. "Bridge over the Susquehanna at Pittston, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bring On the Boomers: 1947

Bring On the Boomers: 1947

January 27, 1947. "Kartch's, Main Street, Paterson, New Jersey. Interior from entrance." An early glimpse of postwar retailing in all its amoeboid, trapezoidal glory. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Gingerbread Inn: 1905

Gingerbread Inn: 1905

Massachusetts circa 1905. "Nantasket Beach casino (formerly Hotel Nantasket)." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

World's Fair: 1940

World's Fair: 1940

The General Motors Pavilion at the New York World's Fair in 1940. One of a series of Kodachromes taken by my great-grandfather, who was a photofinisher in Washington, D.C. View full size.

The Pamphlet: 1922

The Pamphlet: 1922

Easter and Holy Week in Washington, D.C., 1922. "Group of pages." Plus an usher. 4x5 inch glass negative from the Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 
 
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