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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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Omnibus Stop: 1913

Omnibus Stop: 1913

July 10, 1913, New York. "Fifth Avenue Omnibus." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Click here for a closeup of the bus on the right. Radiator nameplate reads "De Dion Bouton."

 

Fifth Avenue Sunday: 1913

Fifth Avenue Sunday: 1913

Sunday strollers on New York's Fifth Avenue circa 1913. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Paree the Flying Cat: 1910

Paree the Flying Cat: 1910

In 1910, on the first airplane flight across the English Channel to carry a passenger, American aviator John Moisant flew from Paris to London accompanied by both his mechanic and his cat, named either Mademoiselle Fifi or Paree, depending on which newspaper you believe. Later that year Moisant died in a crash near New Orleans. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Wheels of War: 1865

Wheels of War: 1865

Park of Army wagon wheels at City Point, Virginia, in 1865. View full size. Wet collodion glass plate stereograph; photographer unknown.

 

Mime Goes Motoring: 1910

Mime Goes Motoring: 1910

November 30, 1910. The caption just says "Mime" motoring. After putting in a request to the Shorpy research division, we can report that "Mime" is the dog, a Papillon who lived at the Hotel Walton in New York City and was by all accounts a fan of fast cars (and, from the looks of it, fast women). View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

Lady Libertine: 1902

Lady Libertine: 1902

From 1902, another of Fitz Guerin's metaphorical maidens.View full size.

Careless Matches Aid the Axis

Careless Matches Aid the Axis

Circa 1942 silkscreen poster by Louis Hirshman encouraging safe disposal of matches, showing stylized Japanese soldier standing behind a tree with a match, with the rising sun in the background. Federal Art Project / WPA War Services Project. View full size.

 
 
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