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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.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Little Rascals: 1922

Little Rascals: 1922

September 7, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Children in costume on steps of sliding board." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Making Tracks: 1941

Making Tracks: 1941

December 1941. B.F. Goodrich factory at Akron. "Treads for Army halftracks, fresh from the curing press of a large Ohio tire plant. Grooves are buffed on the ends of the track section." View full size. 4x5 nitrate negative by Alfred Palmer.

 

Looking Ahead: 1850

Looking Ahead: 1850

Circa 1850s sixth-plate daguerreotype, photographer unknown. "Unidentified boy and girl, three-quarter length, seated on upholstered bench." View full size.

 

Marshall House I: 1860s

Marshall House I: 1860s

Alexandria, Va., 1861-69. "The Marshall house, King & Pitt Streets." Wet plate glass negative, right half of stereo pair. Photographer unknown. View full size. Who'll be the first to put this together with its companion image in a very short flipbook and post it to YouTube? Or it could be an animated gif. Either way, we'd have the world's earliest (and shortest) HD movie.

 

Marshall House II: 1860s

Marshall House II: 1860s

Alexandria, Va., 1861-69. "The Marshall house, King & Pitt Streets." Wet plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair. Photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Vintagraph: WPA Art, Posters and More

Vintagraph: WPA Art, Posters and More

The 1930s posters done for the Works Progress Administration have proven to be especially popular in the Shorpy gift shop, so Juniper Gallery has started Vintagraph, a Web site dedicated to high-quality reproductions of this unique artwork on museum-grade French art paper. Favorites include the curiously popular Keep Your Teeth Clean as well as the heroically proportioned Don't Jay Walk. We're adding new posters every day at www.vintagraph.com.

Million Dollar Highway: 1940

Million Dollar Highway: 1940

October 1940. "Million Dollar Highway is cut through massive rocks in Ouray County, Colorado." U.S. 550 between Silverton and Ouray. Now a paved modern highway, this is a spectacular mountain route that I've driven many times over the years. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by Russell Lee.

 
 
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