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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Heavy Lifting: 1910

Heavy Lifting: 1910

Circa 1910. "Brown electric hoist unloading freighter Constitution at Cleveland." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Claude's Farm: 1952

Claude's Farm: 1952

"Grace at Claude's farm -- April 27, 1952." Along with Sally the Dalmatian, in our second slide from the Minnesota Kodachromes we got on eBay. View full size.

 

X-Pharma: 1943

X-Pharma: 1943

Dec. 17, 1943. "Hoffmann-LaRoche Inc., Nutley, New Jersey. Building 34, three kettles. Pfaudler Co., client." The white rectangles on the tanks are writing that's been blacked out on the negative. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Hollywood Residential: 1938

Hollywood Residential: 1938

1938. "Hollywood. Caldwell vicinity, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Structure dates to 1800; original owner Robert Davidson." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Majestic Lunch: 1909

Majestic Lunch: 1909

1909. "Majestic Building from Detroit Opera House." With "ServSelf Lunch in Basement." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Candid Camera: 1920

Candid Camera: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Mary Claphet, Irene & Ella Sherer, Mary Facenire." Transcribed with a "[?]" after each somewhat illegible name. Yes, ladies, you are on the INTERNETS. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Fire-Eater: 1942

Fire-Eater: 1942

December 1942. Chicago, Illinois. "Working on a giant locomotive, one of the '400s,' in the Chicago & North Western Railroad shops." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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