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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Cities Service: 1952

Cities Service: 1952

From around 1952, what looks to be somewhere in the Northeast, comes this faded 120 Ektachrome of a Cities Service gas station. Fillerup with Premium, and we'll be in the coffee shop while the Cadillac is on the lube rack. View full size.

 

Swingers: 1900

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Swingers: 1900

From circa 1900, somewhere in North America, comes this glass negative labeled "Lettis. Women on swing." The giant hats are especially fetching. View full size.

 

Paiges on Parade: 1926

Paiges on Parade: 1926

"Paiges on Fillmore Hill at Broadway." San Francisco in 1926 is the setting for this latest entry in the Shorpy Pageant of Extinct Conveyances, a passel of parked Paiges. 8x10 film negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Wood Jeweler: 1900

Wood Jeweler: 1900

From circa 1900 in Parts Unknown comes this 4x5 glass negative of G.H. Wood Jeweler, the business, and possibly a Wood or two. View full size.

 

Two Cents' Worth: 1911

Two Cents' Worth: 1911

Detroit circa 1911. "Dime Savings Bank under construction." A preliminary look at the future skyscraper and, at left, the clock tower of the Detroit Post Office. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Murdered In Pastel: 1936

Murdered In Pastel: 1936

This was taken in Provincetown, Massachusetts. All I know about it is the year and location. Scanned from the original 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

Bedtime Bros: 1900

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Bedtime Bros: 1900

From the early 1900s comes this nightshirted posse of college men, possibly in Wyoming. Three cheers for old Pimento U! 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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