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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Rustic Modern: 1944

Rustic Modern: 1944

May 4, 1944. "Jesse Oser residence, Elkins Park, Pennsylvania. Louis I. Kahn, architect. Living room to fireplace." With a nice view of the avant-garden. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Hell Gate: 1930s

Hell Gate: 1930s

A view over 1930s Manhattan showing the Hell Gate Bridge across the East River in the distance, the Waldorf-Astoria towers and 230 Park Avenue (Helmsley Building) foreground, Lincoln Building lower right, and a gleaming New York Hospital on the right. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Full Service: 1937

Full Service: 1937

July 1937. "Georgia road signs." Photo by Dorothea Lange, evidently a connoisseur of juxtapositional humor. View full size.

 

San Fran: 1939

San Fran: 1939

April 1939. "San Francisco, California, seen from the First Street ramp of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge." Photo by Dorothea Lange. View full size.

 

Cat and Mouse: 1931

Cat and Mouse: 1931

Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Walt Disney with Mickey Mouse drawing." One day he'll be bigger than you, cat! Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

We Eight: 1905

We Eight: 1905

New Zealand circa 1905. "Group of unidentified young women outdoors, probably Christchurch district." An interesting variety of countenances and coifs. Glass negative by Adam Maclay, Alexander Turnbull Library. View full size.

Three Sides to Every Story

Three Sides to Every Story

New York circa 1903. "The Flatiron Building." Topping the list of favorite triangular skyscrapers. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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