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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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When We Come to It: 1935

When We Come to It: 1935

        To mark the 80th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge, we shift into reverse to --

San Francisco, 1935. "Golden Gate Bridge under construction. Pontiacs on Presidio ramp." 8x10 negative, late of the Stanley-Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 

Adults Only: 1941

Adults Only: 1941

        Now playing at Knoxville's Roxy Theater: "Damaged Lives," an exploitation flick whose subject was venereal disease.

"Knoxville, Tenn., ca. 1941. Miscellaneous lot of photographs by Barbara Wright related to Tennessee Valley Authority projects and region." View full size.

 

Downhill Slider: 1944

Downhill Slider: 1944

March 1944. "Children playing on the roof of the Lighthouse, an institution for the blind, at 111 East 59th Street, New York." Photo by Richard Boyer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Problem Solved: 1952

Problem Solved: 1952

        "So as you can see, Mr. Smith, pencils and spark plugs are not interchangeable."

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1952. "Pope Motor Co. service garage." 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

The Plot Thickets: 1904

The Plot Thickets: 1904

Savannah, Georgia, 1904. "Colonial Park Cemetery." By the looks of it, in need of a trim from the Grim Reaper, or at least a spritz of Roundup. View full size.

 

The Children's Army: 1942

The Children's Army: 1942

Washington, D.C., 1942. "Children playing, aiming sticks as guns." Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Chicago Beach: 1900

Chicago Beach: 1900

The Windy City circa 1900. "Chicago Beach Hotel, Hyde Park Boulevard." On the Lake Michigan Riviera. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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