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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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40th Street Shops: 1942

40th Street Shops: 1942

        Back to the days of the blacksmith: The only tools seen here are two hammers, a wrench and a broom.

December 1942. "Working on a locomotive at the 40th Street Shops, Chicago & North Western R.R." Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Dark Menace: 189x

Dark Menace: 189x

"Lansburgh children, between February 1894 and February 1901." 5x7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

Shuttered Dreams: 1937

Shuttered Dreams: 1937

Charleston, South Carolina, 1937. "Old House, Henrietta and Elizabeth streets." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Six and the City Club: 1906

Six and the City Club: 1906

Kansas City, Mo., circa 1906. "Kansas City Club, Wyandotte and 12th." We count three up and three down. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Gas Giant: 1937

Gas Giant: 1937

        An old-school gasworks (back in the days before the widespread use of natural gas) where coal was heated to produce "city gas" or "illuminating gas," which was so poisonously toxic that people inhaled it to commit suicide ("taking the gas pipe"). The tank-like structure, called a gasometer or gas holder, telescoped up and down depending on how much gas was inside, its weight serving to pressurize the system and push gas through the lines.

1937. "Charlotte Street Gas Works, Charleston, South Carolina." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Pabst Backward: 1943

Pabst Backward: 1943

April 1943. The PBR R.R.: "Pabst Beer sign over the Illinois Central freight yard at South Water Street, Chicago." Kodachrome by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Junior Miss Fashions: 1951

Junior Miss Fashions: 1951

February 16, 1951. "Hahne & Co. department store in Montclair, New Jersey. Toward escalator. Fellheimer & Wagner, client." Miss Marsha White, about to step out. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 
 
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