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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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Little Brother: 1916

Little Brother: 1916

January 5, 1916. New York. "Dickerson, Master, and sister [Dorothy], portrait photograph." 5x7 inch glass negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Approach With Caution: 1919

Approach With Caution: 1919

San Francisco City Hall circa 1919. "Peerless truck." Three young ladies aboard what seems to be some sort of street-cleaning, finger-ripping machine. Hide your children and stand clear! 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Public Space: 1925

Public Space: 1925

1925. "Convention Hall bowling alleys, lobby." Mezzanine of a long-vanished Washington D.C. landmark, the old Liberty Market at Fifth and K streets. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Avenue of Palms: 1905

Avenue of Palms: 1905

Palm Beach circa 1905. "Avenue of Palms between the Royal Poinciana Hotel and the Breakers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

The Car Factory: 1911

The Car Factory: 1911

Detroit circa 1911. "Boulevard view, Packard auto plant." At least two laborers are hard at work in our second look at the expansion of Albert Kahn's factory from two stories to four, at the spot where a bridge was eventually built over Grand Boulevard, connecting this building with one across the street. View full size.

 

Seven Speeds: 1921

Seven Speeds: 1921

San Francisco circa 1921. "G.W. Thomas Drayage -- Fageol truck." With a dynamo in tow. 6.5 x 8.5 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Grant Six: 1920

Grant Six: 1920

Somewhere around San Francisco in 1920. "Grant Six touring car." Pointed straight into the 20th century, although the Grant brand itself was not long for this world, expiring in 1922. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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