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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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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BRITISH COLUMBIA, c. 1947

War Machine: 1942

War Machine: 1942

October 1942. "The careful hands of women are trained in precise aircraft engine installation duties at Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, Calif." Kodachrome by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

After You've Gone: 1935

After You've Gone: 1935

Washington, D.C., 1935. "NO CAPTION." Yet another nameless notable whose fame did not outlast her photo, and a reminder that, after we take that big black train from Union Station, 99.9 percent of us will eventually be completely and utterly forgotten. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Fire Truck: 1950

Fire Truck: 1950

"Truck fire." A burned-out, watered-down International somewhere in Oregon. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Hamilton House: 1910

Hamilton House: 1910

Manhattan circa 1910. "U.S. Custom House, New York, N.Y." The Alexander Hamilton Custom House, completed in 1907 at 1 Bowling Green. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Banana Wagon: 1943

The Banana Wagon: 1943

      2017 UPDATE: The man is fruit vendor Abe Cweren, who came to America from Poland in 1922. (Originally posted in 2007.)

May 1943. Houston, Texas. "Old house with fruit stand on Franklin Street." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Broil Meats Girl: 1956

Broil Meats Girl: 1956

From circa 1956 and Anytown, USA, comes this captionless snap of two young ladies and a broiler tray of chops, next to a chair with our name on it. "Bone" appetit! 4x5 negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Diaper Depot: 1942

Diaper Depot: 1942

August 1942. "New York, New York. Waiting for trains at Pennsylvania Station." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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