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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.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Theory & Practice: 1917

Theory & Practice: 1917

New York, 1917. "Helen Campbell." A Hunter College student licensed as a wireless operator during World War I. Bain News Service. View full size.

 

New Shoe: 1942

New Shoe: 1942

December 1942. "A landing wheel, with its huge rubber 'shoe,' is trundled out in a service tractor to a new B-17F (Flying Fortress) bomber awaiting completion at Boeing's Seattle plant. The tractor operator, like half of the plant's workers, is a woman." Photo by Andreas Feininger, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Modern Family: 1962

Modern Family: 1962

1962. Harley-Davidson with a baby seat somewhere in New Jersey: "People riding motorcycles, including members from various state chapters of the Motor Maids." 35mm negative by Bob Sandberg for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Chimneys of Charleston: 1911

Chimneys of Charleston: 1911

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1911, with a waterfront rooftop view. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Winter Wonderland: 1915

Winter Wonderland: 1915

Dec. 14, 1915. "New York. Central Park at 72nd Street after blizzard." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Double Feature: 1950

Double Feature: 1950

        UPDATE: More Waffle Shop here and here.

Washington, D.C., circa 1950. "Waffle Shop on 10th Street. Exterior from side angle, day. For Bernard L. Fishman." Photo of the now-defunct eatery, shortly after it opened, by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

The Asphalt Jungle Gym: 1941

The Asphalt Jungle Gym: 1941

July 14, 1941. "Vladeck Houses, Madison Street, New York City. W.F.R. Ballard; Sylvan Bien; Shreve, Lamb & Harmon, architects." The Baruch Charney Vladeck Houses on the Lower East Side. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 
 
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