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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 • MARS SNOOPER, 1959

The Last Roundup: 1939

The Last Roundup: 1939

May 1939. "Ranch owner's son resting after the roundup. Cattle ranch near Marfa, Texas." Photo: Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Night Service: 1939

Night Service: 1939

April 1939. San Augustine, Texas. "Oil and gasoline service station at night." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Mike's Birthday: 1954

Mike's Birthday: 1954

"1954. Mike's 7th Birthday." First scan from a big box of red-border Kodachromes we got on eBay. These seem to be from a family in Wisconsin. View full size.

Elm Street: 1907

Elm Street: 1907

Circa 1907. "Northampton, Massachusetts -- Elm Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Middle-Earth Parking: 1963

Middle-Earth Parking: 1963

1963. "Parking structure, New Haven, Connecticut. Temple Street Garage exit ramp. Paul Rudolph, architect." Photo by Ezra Stoller. View full size.

City Grocery: 1939

City Grocery: 1939

April 1939. "Wholesale truck in front of grocery store. San Augustine, Texas." Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Streetcar I Desired: 1957

The Streetcar I Desired: 1957

New Orleans, June 15, 1957 -- on the same day that I took the Canal Street photo pictured here, my goal was to find a streetcar that still retained the destination for the Desire line, made famous by playwright Tennessee Williams. In 1957 the Desire line had used buses for almost 10 years, but I approached the operators on their break at the foot of the Canal Ferry loop and asked them if they could roll the destination sign to "Desire" to allow me a photo shoot. The first three or four cars only contained signs for the two remaining streetcar lines, Canal and St. Charles. Then on about the fifth try, bingo, Car 910's signs still had the full complement of abandoned streetcar lines, so the kindly motorman set it for Desire and continued on his rest break until I had completed my photographic endeavor. 35mm Kodachrome by William D. Volkmer. View full size.

Home Wreckers: 1941

Home Wreckers: 1941

December 1941. "Employees of a wrecking company eating lunch. New York, New York." Medium format negative by Edwin Rosskam. View full size.

 
 
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