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.
Vintage photos of:
Circa 1915. "E.M. Bigsby Co. showrooms, restroom, third floor." Another of the depopulated interiors that seem to have been a Detroit Publishing specialty. E.M. Bigsby was a ladies' clothing store on Woodward Avenue run by one Miss E.M. Bigsby. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.