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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 • GIFT IDEA: ART FOR BOOK LOVERS

Old Ohio: 1905

Old Ohio: 1905

Circa 1905. "Superior Avenue, Cleveland." Landmarks include the Arcade Building at right, Hollenden Hotel and newspaper offices of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Flirty Dancing: 1943

Flirty Dancing: 1943

April 1943. Washington, D.C. "Jitterbugs at an Elks Club dance, the 'cleanest dance in town'." Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Whoas Before Bros: 1930

Whoas Before Bros: 1930

Washington, D.C., 1930. "NO CAPTION (horse jumping through group of men)." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

A Bite Two Eat: 1943

A Bite Two Eat: 1943

April 1943. "Washington, D.C. -- A cafeteria." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Leafy Lobby: 1957

Leafy Lobby: 1957

August 13, 1957. "Tamarack Lodge, Greenfield Park, New York. Lobby to fountain." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Official Philly: 1912

Official Philly: 1912

        At 548 feet, Philadelphia City Hall, completed in 1901 with its clock tower topped by a statue of William Penn, is the world's tallest masonry building.

Philadelphia circa 1912. "Market Street west from Eleventh, with view of City Hall." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Wide-Eyed: 1920

Wide-Eyed: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Pierce-Arrow Model 31 touring car." Latest chapter in the Shorpy Anthology of Antique Autos. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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