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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 • TO EUROPE THE AMERICAN WAY

Ghost Depot: 1911

Ghost Depot: 1911

Circa 1911-1915. "Chicago train sheds, Chicago & North Western Railway." Barely discernible in the foreground and along the right of this time exposure: dozens of disembodied legs, faintly indicating the presence of one or more people in motion. Also note the baggage-handling equipment, and the cart on its elevator. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Femme Fatale: 1914

Femme Fatale: 1914

A tip of the Shorpy hat to the first person who can put a name to this well-known face from 1914. (And now for the caption: "August 5, 1914. New York. Evelyn Thaw arriving from Southampton on White Star liner Olympic." The former teen beauty Evelyn Nesbit, shown here at age 29, achieved notoriety in 1906 when her lover Stanford White, the noted architect, was killed by her husband, Harry Thaw.) Glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Donkey Boys: 1904

Donkey Boys: 1904

New York City circa 1904. "Donkeys in Central Park." Lest there be any doubt about the credentials of these young fellows, their Parks Department badges identify them as "Donkey Boys" 1 and 2. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Young Readers: 1941

The Young Readers: 1941

Feb. 1, 1941. "Brooklyn Public Library (Ingersoll Memorial), Prospect Park Plaza. Librarian's desk, sharp view." 5x7 acetate by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Bill London: 1942

Bill London: 1942

December 1942. Melrose Park, Illinois. "Chicago & North Western RR. William London has been a railroad worker 25 years -- now working at the roundhouse at the Proviso yards." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Hauling the Nets: 1904

Hauling the Nets: 1904

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1904. "Young's Pier. Hauling the nets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Greetings From Atlantic City: 1904

Greetings From Atlantic City: 1904

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1904. "Boardwalk from the beach." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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