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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 • JAMAICA: THE GEM OF THE TROPICS

The Imperial: 1901

The Imperial: 1901

Circa 1901. "Sternwheeler Imperial at New Orleans." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

PAFA: 1900

PAFA: 1900

1900. "Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia." Who can fill us in on that headless statue? 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Mass. Transit: 1941

Mass. Transit: 1941

January 1941. "Commuters who have just gotten off the train waiting for the bus to go home. Lowell, Massachusetts." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Swing Your Partner: 1940

Swing Your Partner: 1940

December 1940. "At a Saturday night square dance in Clayville, Rhode Island." Medium format acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Call of Duty: 1941

Call of Duty: 1941

May 1941. "Soldiers from Fort Benning in a country store near Phenix City, Alabama." Medium format negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Heroes' Welcome: 1919

Heroes' Welcome: 1919

Chicago, May 12, 1919. "Return Parade for the 13th Railway Engineers, Michigan Boulevard." View full size. For another view, click here.

        Thirteenth Engineers Returns to Chicago. The greatest reception given to any organization of returning soldiers at Chicago was given to the 13th Railway Engineers on May 12. Its welcome to its home town was unequaled in point of enthusiasm and spectacular expression in the after war history of the city. Approximately 100,000 people banked Michigan Boulevard on both sides and maintained a bedlam of noise as the regiment paraded in platoon formation. Employees of the six railroads centering in Chicago from which the 13th Engineers was mainly recruited were organized in groups along Michigan Boulevard to welcome the men.

-— Railway Age and Railway Review, 1919

During World War I, the regiment known as the 13th Engineers consisted of personnel from the six largest railroads that ran through Chicago; it operated about 142 kilometers of French railways, serving the Verdun-St. Mihiel, Champagne-Marne, and Meuse Argonne sections. The scan is from a family photo album titled "My Vacation Days," with dates ranging from 1914 to 1922.

Fair Warning: 1940

Fair Warning: 1940

May 1940. "Filling station and general store operated by Mr. Coley. Stem, Granville County, North Carolina." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Group Chat: 1941

Group Chat: 1941

May 1941. "Street corner in Greensboro, Greene County, Georgia." Medium format negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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