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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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Hot and Buttered: 1930

Hot and Buttered: 1930

San Francisco circa 1930s. "C.W. Smith's Yum-Yum candy concession along the Great Highway at Playland-at-the-Beach." 8x10 nitrate negative attributed to George or Leo Whitney. From the Marilyn Blaisdell Collection. View full size.

 

Alice Under Control: 1908

Alice Under Control: 1908

New York, 1908. "The end of the rampage -- 'Alice' under control, and thinking it over. Two zookeepers with restrained elephant lying on the ground after running free around the New York Zoological Park (Bronx Zoo)." Gelatin silver print from the William Temple Hornaday papers, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Ready for Duty: 1860s

Ready for Duty: 1860s

1861-65. "Soldier in Union uniform and cap box standing with musket and bayonet with scabbard." Sixth-plate tintype, hand-colored, removed from frame. Liljen­quist Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Modern Master: 1941

Modern Master: 1941

March 31, 1941. "Robert Glassford, residence in Hobe Sound, Florida. Master bedroom. Alice Morgan Carson, architect." If not quite the House of Tomorrow, at least the Bedroom of Next Wednesday. 5x7 acetate negative. View full size.

 

Iron Ore on Erie: 1900

Iron Ore on Erie: 1900

Circa 1900. "Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railway ore docks, Ashtabula, Ohio." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Whirleys Unloading: 1900

Whirleys Unloading: 1900

Circa 1900. "Whirleys unloading ore, Penna. R.R. docks, Erie, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Drip-Dry: 1943

Drip-Dry: 1943

June 1943. "Arlington, Virginia. Washing clothes in one of the laundry rooms at Idaho Hall, Arlington Farms, war duration residence hall for women government workers." Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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