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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 NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Butch & Sally: 1952

Butch & Sally: 1952

"Butch & Sally. Feb. 13, 1952." Introducing a new series of Kodachromes that Shorpy found on eBay, taken by a family somewhere in Minnesota. Sally the Dalmatian is in a lot of these slides; Butch the boy, not so much. View full size.

Ghost Concourse: 1910

Ghost Concourse: 1910

Circa 1910. "Train concourse, Union Station, Washington, D.C." Time exposure capturing hundreds of ephemeral footfalls. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

New Boody: 1909

New Boody: 1909

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1909. "Madison Avenue." Fast-forward a few years from our previous view of downtown Toledo and we now have automobiles and a "New Boody." Which if you ask us looks very much like the Old Boody. View full size.

 

The Dental District: 1905

The Dental District: 1905

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1905. "Madison Avenue from Summit Street." Featuring the Hotel Boody and a number of Painless Dentists, as well as a nice display of wallpaper and "decorative materials." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Drug Inspector: 1943

Drug Inspector: 1943

Dec. 17, 1943. "Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc., Nutley, New Jersey. Building 28. Pfaudler Co., client." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

The Madding Crowd: 1927

The Madding Crowd: 1927

Summer 1927. "New York City views -- Long Beach." Raw material for a Gluyas Williams or Roz Chast. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Backstreet Boys: 1935

Backstreet Boys: 1935

1935. "Row houses in Washington, D.C." Running the vertical gamut from natty to gritty. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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