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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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The Railyard: 1942

The Railyard: 1942

November 1942. "Chicago. Looking toward the north classification yard and retarder operator's tower at an Illinois Central railroad yard." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

City Hall Park: 1905

City Hall Park: 1905

Manhattan circa 1905. "City Hall and Park, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Farm Fresh: 1917

Farm Fresh: 1917

1917. "City Market. Washington, D.C." Our third glimpse of this produce market. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

San Francisco: 1927

San Francisco: 1927

"San Francisco views, 1927." On Pine Street, looking east at the 32-story Russ Building. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Happy New Year: 1943

Happy New Year: 1943

January 1, 1943. "New York. Blowing horns on Bleecker Street on New Year's Day." Photo by Marjory Collins, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

American Bandstand: 1959

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American Bandstand: 1959

        Shorpy wishes you a Rockin' New Year!

1959. "American Bandstand emcee Dick Clark with teenagers on the set of the show." From color transparencies by Phillip Harrington and Howell Conant for the Look magazine assignment "Dick Clark Talks to Teenagers." View full size.

A Sandwich for Junior: 1955

A Sandwich for Junior: 1955

May 3, 1955. "Family picnicking and barbecuing outdoors." Color transparency from photos by Arthur Rothstein and Bob Dierks for the Look magazine assignment "America Is Bit by the Barbecue Bug." View full size.

 
 
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