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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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Nash Flier: 1919

Nash Flier: 1919

October 1919. "Nash Flier -- California Highway Motor Train in San Francisco." A publicity stunt showcasing the nascent field of long-distance trucking as facilitated by the "giant pneumatic tire." The cargo here being Sperry's Drifted Snow Flour. 6½ x 8½ glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

A Fresh Start: 1937

A Fresh Start: 1937

Washington, D.C., 1937. "Baby's bath" is all it says here. If you recognize yourself 78 years later, let us know. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

In the Beans: 1939

In the Beans: 1939

August 1939. "Marion County, Oregon, near West Stayton. Father and children came from Albany, Oregon, for a season's work in the beans." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Ranch Dude: 1941

Ranch Dude: 1941

August 1941. "Dude from Quarter Circle U Ranch on a picnic on Lyman Brewster's lease. Near Lame Deer, Montana." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Pole Cat: 1929

Pole Cat: 1929

Washington, D.C., 1929. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. lineman." Last seen here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Criminal Background: 1923

Criminal Background: 1923

San Francisco, 1923. "Nash sedan at Spreckels Mansion." With Alcatraz in the distance. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Cafe Asbestos: 1949

Cafe Asbestos: 1949

July 6, 1949. "Johns-Manville Research Laboratory, Finderne, N.J. Cafeteria II. Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, architect." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 
 
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