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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

The Breakers: 1901

The Breakers: 1901

Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1901. "The Breakers from the casino." Note the horsecar and boardwalk with cutouts for the palm trees. Another of Henry Flagler's wood-frame behemoths, the Breakers burned in 1903 and reopened the following year, then burned yet again in 1925. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Pontiac Palace: 1948

Pontiac Palace: 1948

From San Francisco circa 1948 comes this nighttime shot of a Pontiac showroom, which our learned commenters reveal was at 1560 Van Ness Avenue. 8x10 inch Kodak safety negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Termite Terrace: 1901

Termite Terrace: 1901

Miami circa 1901. "Hotel Royal Palm, west front." Henry Flagler's hostelry opened in 1897 and closed in 1930, condemned after a termite infestation. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Blazing Buick: 1922

Blazing Buick: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Buick roadster at California Street firehouse." If we ride along, can we ring the bell? 5x7 glassneg by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Packard Plant: 1911

Packard Plant: 1911

Detroit circa 1911. "Boulevard view, Packard auto plant." Expansion of the Albert Kahn-designed factory building on Grand Boulevard, now an infamous urban ruin. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Back Issue: 1920

Back Issue: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Nation's Business." A look behind the scenes at the offices of that magazine. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Fake: 1957

The Fake: 1957

"Athletes from various colleges demonstrating a variety of football moves." Who'll be the first to name that team? 35mm Kodachrome by Marvin E. Newman for the Look magazine assignment "1957 Football Forecast." View full size.

 
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