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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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Parlor Musicale: 1905

Parlor Musicale: 1905

From around 1905 comes this grimy 5x7 glass negative that Shorpy bought years ago but never got around to scanning till today. On the piano: That old toe-tapper "Roosevelt's Grand March." Photographer mercifully unknown. View full size.

 

Inside Information: 1954

Inside Information: 1954

        So how does the account exec know what the prices are?

1954. "Merrill Lynch account executive chalks up current stock prices on quotation board in firm's new mobile office." One of the earlier mobile apps. View full size.

 

Bathing Beauty Parade: 1927

Bathing Beauty Parade: 1927

"Long Beach, California, Bathing Beauty Parade -- 1927." Panorama by Weaver, Los Angeles, rearranged into two tiers of Jazz Age pulchritude. View full size.

 

Timeless Depot: 1906

Timeless Depot: 1906

Circa 1906. "Southern Railway station, Knoxville, Tenn." What has four faces but no hands? 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Luxury Car: 1917

Luxury Car: 1917

The Bay Area circa 1917. "Jordan touring car." The tot-laden vehicle seen here yesterday, a Jordan advertised as the "Seven-Passenger Luxury Car," with the same driver but minus the kids. Note the literal NON-SKID tire tread. Glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisciana. View full size.

 

Romance of a People: 1942

Romance of a People: 1942

August 1942. "New York. Window of a Jewish religious shop on Broome Street." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Four of a Kind: 1939

Four of a Kind: 1939

October 1939. "Boys from Dead Ox Flat waiting for the school bus in the morning. Malheur County, Oregon." So who is this lady with the camera? Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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