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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 • NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR, 1939

Gone Fishin': 1940

Gone Fishin': 1940

June 1940. "Melrose, Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. Daughter of mulatto family returning home after fishing in the Cane River." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

We Really Must Be Going: 1917

We Really Must Be Going: 1917

        UPDATE: Commenter 426hemi has identified our mystery ride as a 1917 Olympian Motors "Tourist" touring car. The Olympian, made in Pontiac, Mich., lasted from 1917 to 1921; the image above might be, as far as the Internet is concerned, one of the very few (if not only) surviving contemporary photographs of this rare bird.

Circa 1917 San Francisco is the backdrop for this unlabeled shot of four motorists in their anonymous auto, bound for points unknown. With, by the look of things, not a moment to spare! 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Block Party: 1942

Block Party: 1942

June 1942. "Queens, New York. Nursery school at the Queensbridge housing project. Children playing with blocks." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Pearly Gates: 1905

The Pearly Gates: 1905

Circa 1905. "Main entrance to cemetery, Springfield, Mass." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Fireboat 44: 1905

Fireboat 44: 1905

Boston circa 1905. "Fireboat, Engine No. 44." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Subway Uptown: 1905

Subway Uptown: 1905

Circa 1905. "Subway entrance and exit kiosks, East 23rd Street, New York City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dead End: 1905

Dead End: 1905

Circa 1905. "Cemetery Avenue, Springfield, Mass." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Retail Rochester: 1904

Retail Rochester: 1904

Rochester, New York, circa 1904. "East Main Street at South Avenue and St. Paul Boulevard." A sartorial crossroads anchored by Garson's Clothiers. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 
 
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