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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 • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

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.

 

Infinity Porch: 1936

Infinity Porch: 1936

February 1936. "Back porches of identical houses in Bound Brook, New Jersey." Welcome to the M.C. Escher Rest Home. Photo by Carl Mydans. View full size.

 

Our Hydrants, Our Selves: 1943

Our Hydrants, Our Selves: 1943

January 1943. Washington, D.C. "Engine House No. 4." Not to mention Hydrant No. 1 and Wingtip No. 2. Photo by Gordon "Point of View" Parks. View full size.

 

Streets of San Francisco, Cont'd

Streets of San Francisco, Cont'd

Chinatown, San Francisco, August 1957. Taken on the same visit as the drive down the "Vertigo" location. Kodachrome slide, Contax camera. View full size.

Rest Stop: 1905

Rest Stop: 1905

Circa 1905. "Front piazza of Kittatinny House, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania." An up-to-date inn catering to the automobilist with such amenities as cafe and public telephone. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Dallas Noir: 1942

Dallas Noir: 1942

January 1942. "Elm Street -- Theater Row in Dallas." View full size. Medium format safety negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. Supersize wallpaper.

 
 
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