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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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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BRITISH COLUMBIA, c. 1947

Billy McClain: 1903

Billy McClain: 1903

Circa 1903. "Billy McClain." American entertainer and impresario (1866-1950) who started out in minstrelsy and whose interests eventually came to encompass boxing promotion and motion pictures. 5x7 glass negative (broken off at the top) from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

Wrinkled Lincoln: 1957

Wrinkled Lincoln: 1957

From circa 1957 Columbus, Georgia, comes this uncaptioned snap of an accident's aftermath -- a wrinkled '56 Lincoln coupe across from the Motor Mart. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Curb Appeal: 1905

Curb Appeal: 1905

Circa 1905. "South Union Street -- Burlington, Vermont." A postcard from the days of hitching posts, mounting blocks, streetcar tracks and elm trees, all of which have pretty much vanished from the scene. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Other Small Ones: 1912

Other Small Ones: 1912

January 1912. Fall River, Mass. "In this group are some of the youngest workers in Spinning Room of Cornell Mill. The smallest is Jo Benevidos, 5 Merion Street. Other small ones are: John Sousa, 84 Boutwell St.; Anthony Valentin, 203 Pitman St.; Manuel Perry, 124 Everett St.; John Travaresm [Taveresm?], 90 Cash St. The difficulty they had in writing their names was pathetic. When I asked the second hand in charge of the room to let the boys go outside a moment and let me get a snap-shot, he objected, saying they would stay out and not be in shape to work. When they carry dinners, they breathe the close air of the spinning room from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with no let-up." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

The Louvers of Power: 1954

The Louvers of Power: 1954

Washington, D.C., circa 1954. "General Accounting Office, G Street N.W. -- International Nickel Co., installation of louvers." 8x10 acetate negative by that impresario of esoteric architectural imagery, Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Fireside Cats: 1955

Fireside Cats: 1955

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955, and the youngsters last seen here. The Buick is out of the picture, replaced by a battleship and a cat; clothes and hair have been upgraded. 4x5 negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

All Along the El: 1900

All Along the El: 1900

Manhattan circa 1900. "The Bowery, New York." The tracks of the Third Avenue El passing the Bowery Savings Bank. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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