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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

The Ford Store: 1926

The Ford Store: 1926

Washington, D.C., in 1926. "Robey Motor Co. -- 1429 L Street." As long as we're downtown, let's pick up a tractor. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

State Capitol: 1900

State Capitol: 1900

Circa 1900. "State Street & Capitol -- Albany, New York." 6½x8½ inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Avant-Garden: 1920

Avant-Garden: 1920

Denishawn dance company founder Ruth St. Denis and husband Ted Shawn with garden party guests (bridesmaids? caterers? vestal virgins?), among them the modern dance pioneers Louise Brooks and Martha Graham. View full size.

 

Sitting Bricks: 1920

Sitting Bricks: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Swartzbaugh, C.E., Mrs." Who'll be the first to write on her wall? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Naked City: 1906

The Naked City: 1906

"Post and Montgomery streets, corner of Market." Another view of San Francisco after the devastating earthquake and fire of April 1906. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

North From Locust: 1907

North From Locust: 1907

Philadelphia circa 1907. "Broad Street north from Locust with view of City Hall." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Party of Four: 1952

Party of Four: 1952

"Picnic at Austin -- Vern, Ruth, Ida & Pete -- 7 Sept. 1952." The latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes is back at the park. Point me to the potato salad! Color slide by Hubert Tuttle and his Kodak Signet 35. View full size.

 
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