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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 • 1940 PACKARD SUPER-8

Tenants Wanted: 1905

Tenants Wanted: 1905

"Spitzer Building, Madison Avenue, Toledo, 1905." The former hub of downtown Toledo's legal community, this red-brick edifice completed in the 1890s is now vacant and in disrepair. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Old-School: 1953

Old-School: 1953

Jan. 29, 1953. "Greenville School, town of Greenburgh, New York. Foyer." At right, "Third Grade Paintings." 5x7 negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Kodak Noir: 1965

Kodak Noir: 1965

1965. "New York World's Fair -- Kodak Pavilion at night." Medium format color transparency, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Coffee Shop Cadillac: 1964

Coffee Shop Cadillac: 1964

"St. Clairs Coffee Shop and Mosher Record Store, Boston, night." Neon with a side of tailfin. 35mm negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Bustling Brockton: 1962

Bustling Brockton: 1962

"Street scene, Brockton, Massachusetts, July 1962." You'll find Shorpy at the Piece 'O' Pizza. 35mm negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Road Trip in Red: 1976

Road Trip in Red: 1976

When you find forty-year-old photos of yourself that you never knew existed, several thoughts may pop into your mind. For instance: "I dressed like that for a road trip?" Well, it was the 70s, after all. Thank goodness my friend had Kodachrome in his camera to fully capture the glorious redness of my trousers. While I enjoy the lovely view here somewhere near Monterey, California, other visitors seem to be dumpster diving. This slide was in a stash of them my friend and I unearthed in a spare room of his house a few days ago. View full size.

Ermine & Alligator: 1925

Ermine & Alligator: 1925

From around 1925 comes this uncaptioned 6x8 glass negative of Milady and her motorcar somewhere in San Francisco. View full size.

 
 
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