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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.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Spit and Polish: 1923

Spit and Polish: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Traffic World office." Tobacco-friendly on both the left and the right. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Newark Luxe: 1944

Newark Luxe: 1944

March 21, 1944. "Newark Athletic Club, Broad Street, Newark, New Jersey. Long shot of lobby. Morris Lapidus, architect." With a nice selection of 25-cent Pocket Books. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

The Club: 1916

The Club: 1916

Circa 1916. "Detroit Athletic Club from the Plaza Hotel." Evidently something of a motorcar magnet. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Nadine: 1952

Nadine: 1952

"Nadine -- April 1952." The newest cast member of Minnesota Kodachromes takes a break against the mandatory multifloral backdrop. View full size.

Municipal Hygiene: 1919

Municipal Hygiene: 1919

        The flushing of streets and sewers by sprinkler trucks was a widespread if not terribly effective public-health measure during the "Spanish influenza" epidemic of the late teens.

San Francisco circa 1919. "Nash Two-Ton Tanker Truck." This begins a new series of photos, scanned by Shorpy from large-format negatives taken by or for Christopher Helin, travel and automotive editor of the San Francisco Examiner from about 1915 to 1930. 8.5 x 6.5 inch glass plate. View full size.

 

Well Hello, Sailor: 1922

Well Hello, Sailor: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Children at water fountain." Make mine a double, and get the little lady a drink. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Small Fry: 1944

Small Fry: 1944

May 1944. "New York. A small boy who receives day care at Greenwich House while his mother works." And more of that service station across the street. Photo by Risdon Tillery for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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