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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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Stick House: 1938

Stick House: 1938

September 1938. "Homemade caned furniture in bedroom of coal miner's home. A company house. Pursglove, Scotts Run, West Virginia." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Downtown: 1962

Downtown: 1962

March 2, 1962. "New York City views. Downtown Manhattan skyline from the Al Smith houses." 4x5 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

A Close Shave: 1918

A Close Shave: 1918

June 1918. "A serious operation by the Company Barber at American Military Hospital No. 5 at Auteuil, France. A complete portable tent hospital supported by the American Red Cross on the site of what was before the war a celebrated race-course." 5x7 glass negative by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Auto School: 1921

Auto School: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Auto School." Where they're having a pop quiz on axles. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

In Dutch: 1920

In Dutch: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Old Dutch Market, interior, Ninth & G Streets N.W." Multiple familiar faces here, all belonging to Aunt Jemima. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Catch O' the Day: 1905

Catch O' the Day: 1905

Circa 1905. "Lower St. Regis Lake, Paul Smith's Hotel, Adirondack Mountains, N.Y." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A Sheep Mows in Brooklyn: 1905

A Sheep Mows in Brooklyn: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Sheep in Prospect Park, Brooklyn." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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