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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 • GIFT IDEA: ART FOR BOOK LOVERS

Sixteen Sweethearts: 1932

Sixteen Sweethearts: 1932

San Francisco, 1932. "Essex Super Six at El Capitan Theatre, in the Mission." Now playing: Jay Brower with Peggy O'Neill's Merrymakers Revue. Whether these ladies constitute five-sixteenths of the Sweethearts or some undetermined fraction of the Merrymakers, or both, we cannot say. 5x7 nitrate negative, formerly of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 

Zany Puppets: 1955

Zany Puppets: 1955

Columbus, Ga., circa 1955. "Toys for Christmas." Starring Zany Puppets, a Transogram "Disneyland" board game, Patrician phonograph, Permoplast clay and "Trophy Hunt" target game. 4x5 negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Another Federal: 1918

Another Federal: 1918

"Truck -- Federal, 1918." Outside the premises of the Serbo-Croatian Produce Company somewhere in San Francisco. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Queen Bea: 1963

Queen Bea: 1963

From Los Angeles circa 1963 we bring you sitcom matriarch Bea Benaderet, whose last big role was Kate in "Petticoat Junction." 4x5 acetate negative from the Publicity Department archive. View full size.

 

One Flight Up: 1937

One Flight Up: 1937

May 7, 1937. "William Goldberg, 771 Broadway, Manhattan." 8x10 gelatin silver print by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Art Project. Changing New York Collection, New York Public Library. View full size.

 

Dreamboat Inn: 1940

Dreamboat Inn: 1940

August 1940. "Port Gibson, Mississippi." The Dreamboat Inn, whose signage advertises anti-malarial tonics and two kinds of cola. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Greene Day: 1903

Greene Day: 1903

1903. "Greene Street, Augusta, Georgia." When mounting blocks and hitching posts were as common as curbstones. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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