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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CHRISTMAS PRINTS

E Ticket Frenzy: 1963

E Ticket Frenzy: 1963

That's my brother at the right, just teleported in from The Land of Grayscale, beholding The Wonderful World of Color, where even garments have hues. Actually, he's making a fashion statement, otherwise it would be a black tie with a white shirt. If you don't know that, you don't know the early 60s.

Captured on Montgomery Ward slide film, specially formulated to make your vacation memories look like they came from same people who printed those free postcards of the motel available from the rack on the check-in counter.

Eventually, the little boys in tee shirts and shorts grew up to spawn an entire generation of grown men who go around everywhere dressed like that.

I assume everybody knows it's Disneyland. August 1963. View full size.

Georgia Lee: 1906

Georgia Lee: 1906

Mississippi River circa circa 1906. "Steamer Georgia Lee at Memphis, Tenn." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Stronger Every Day: 1900

Stronger Every Day: 1900

New York circa 1900. "A group of patients, Brooklyn Navy Yard hospital." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Coal Country: 1938

Coal Country: 1938

September 1938. Osage, West Virginia. "Mining town. Coming home from school." Medium format nitrate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Barbeque Gas Beer: 1940

Barbeque Gas Beer: 1940

June 1940. Melrose, Louisiana. "A crossroads store, bar, 'juke joint' and gas station in the cotton plantation area." 35mm color transparency by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Sixth Avenues Busy Corner: 1906

Sixth Avenues Busy Corner: 1906

New York circa 1906. "14th Street Store." Several subplots here, involving roofs, windows and hair. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Petticoat Lane: 1906

Petticoat Lane: 1906

Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906. "Petticoat Lane." And Denture Alley. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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