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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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Penthouse: 1909

Penthouse: 1909

June 8, 1909. "Living on a skyscraper." Roof of a New York apartment house. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Mott Street Again: 1910

Mott Street Again: 1910

Another view of Mott Street in New York's Little Italy (now Chinatown) circa 1910. The building in the middle, 156 Mott, with the Italian pharmacy, is now the Foot Reflexology Center in this Google Street View. The address on the right, 156 Mott, is now just two stories. Most of the basement entrances have been covered. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

The Wounded: 1864

The Wounded: 1864

May 1864. "Kearny's men wounded at Fredericksburg." Wet plate glass negative, right half of stereo pair. Photograph by James Gardner. View full size.

 

Chinese Opera House: 1908

Chinese Opera House: 1908

New York, 1908. "The Chinese Opera House." 5-7 Doyers Street. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Death Mask: 1908

Death Mask: 1908

New York circa 1908. Making a plaster death mask. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress.

 

Hilltop Park: 1912

Hilltop Park: 1912

Washington Heights in New York City, 1912. "American League Park (Hilltop Park)." View full size. 5x7 nitrate negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Crow Girl: 1910

Crow Girl: 1910

Marion Gaynor, daughter of New York Mayor William J. Gaynor, and her pet crow "Pete" circa 1910. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Marion, an animal lover whose first of four marriages came when she was 16, died after a train hit her car at a Long Island grade crossing in 1944.

 
 
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