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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FOR LIBERTY'S SAKE, 1917

The Rubber Room: 1930

The Rubber Room: 1930

San Francisco in 1930. "Goodyear tire retreading." Equipment by Western Dri-Kure. Third photo in this series. 8x10 nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Tent City: 1905

Tent City: 1905

New Jersey circa 1905. "Tent life at Ocean Grove," the Methodist summer retreat also seen here. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Gravity's Railroad: 1921

Gravity's Railroad: 1921

Marin County, California, circa 1921. "Mount Tamalpais Tavern and Gravity Car with REO auto." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Specialized Lubrication: 1932

Specialized Lubrication: 1932

September 14, 1932. "Goodyear service station, San Francisco." Second in this series of Goodyear-centric photos. 8x10 inch nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Your Serve: 1933

Your Serve: 1933

1933. "Mrs. Mary Benson and guests." Depression? What Depression? 4x5 nitrate negative by New York society photographer Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

A Ton of Bricks: 1904

A Ton of Bricks: 1904

Circa 1904. "The Philadelphia Bourse, Fourth and Ranstead Sts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Sound Your Sparton: 1918

Sound Your Sparton: 1918

California in 1918. "Chalmers touring car on dunes." Along with a reminder from the Sparton auto-accessories company to sound your horn -- branding disguised as a safety message. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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