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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 • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Dapper Dumper: 1921

Dapper Dumper: 1921

1921. "Fageol dump truck at Golden Gate Park, San Francisco. Atlas Mortar made from Acme Diamond Lime." Nattily pinstriped! 8x10 glass negative acquired from the Wyland Stanley Collection and scanned by Shorpy. View full size.

 

Girl Friday: 1956

Girl Friday: 1956

        Mary Cumming, Vassar '57, has an interesting first job in New York as a secretary in the office of industrial designer Raymond Loewy. She landed the job without the help of friends and now gets $70 a week. Several young men dance attendance on Mary, but she would like to work two years more before settling down ...

1956. "New York. Mary Cumming, 21, secretary in the office of designer Raymond Loewy." The young lady last seen here crossing the street. Photo by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine assignment "Career Girl." View full size.

United Shoe: 1931

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United Shoe: 1931

1931. "Boston skyline view -- United Shoe Machinery Corp. Bldg., Custom House Tower, etc." Yes, there really is an enormous Art Deco skyscraper called the United Shoe Machinery building, and it still stands. 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

Columbus Courthouse: 1904

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Columbus Courthouse: 1904

1904. "Courthouse -- Columbus, O." Continuing today's Columbian theme. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Columbian Caravels: 1905

Columbian Caravels: 1905

Circa 1905. "Caravels and La Rabida (Sanitarium for Children), Jackson Park, Chicago. Replicas of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria that participated in the World's Columbian Exposition." Note the hand-propelled trike. Happy Columbus Day from Shorpy! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Ready to Rumble: 1928

Ready to Rumble: 1928

"1928 Hudson." Somewhere in the Bay Area. Pass me the flask, will you? (And who's driving this rig?) 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Farm to Table: 1960

Farm to Table: 1960

Amelia County, Virginia, in the early 1960s. Sunday dinner at the Miller house, with the farm of Marvin and Thelma Warriner in the background. Photo by Helen Warriner-Burke. View full size.

 
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