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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 • SKI FUN IN QUÉBEC, 1930s

Read the Bee: 1900

Read the Bee: 1900

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1900. "Spitzer Building, Madison Avenue and Huron Street." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Color Wheels: 1943

Color Wheels: 1943

May 1943. "Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore. Ship painters loaded on a truck." Photo by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Ruffles & Flourishes: 1900

Ruffles & Flourishes: 1900

"Parker, Mrs. F.W. -- between February 1894 and February 1901." The wife of one Dr. F.W. Parker. 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

Chess, Checkers & Whist: 1903

Chess, Checkers & Whist: 1903

        According to the charter of the social club, founded in 1880, "the purposes and objects of the corporation are to promote the knowledge and encourage the development of the scientific games of Chess, Checkers, and Whist."

New Orleans circa 1903. "Chess, Checkers and Whist Club, Canal and Baronne streets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Mrs. Clean: 1942

Mrs. Clean: 1942

August 1942. "Ella Watson, government charwoman who provides for a family of six on her salary of $1,080 per year. She has been a federal employee for 26 years." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Omaha Stakes: 1938

Omaha Stakes: 1938

        We've updated this post from 2008, originally illustrated with a low-res catalog print, with this high-resolution scan made from the original negative.

November 1938. Omaha, Nebraska. "Cars parked diagonally along a row of parking meters." Photo by John Vachon for the FSA. View full size.

 

Heir to the Hoorah: 1906

Heir to the Hoorah: 1906

1906. "Mobile, Alabama -- Old Market House at Royal and Church." Our title comes from the theatrical billboard next to the seafood market. View full size.

 
 
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