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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 • TO EUROPE THE AMERICAN WAY

Weed Hardware: 1938

Weed Hardware: 1938

June 1938. "Stores on Sunday. Vincennes, Indiana." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Rustic Rustler: 1950s

Rustic Rustler: 1950s

"Russel at cabin" is what's written on the slide mount, one-l Russel and all. Taken at Running Springs, California. One side of a Stereoscopic Kodachrome from a thrift store find. Looks like the mid-1950s. View full size.

New Woman: 1896

New Woman: 1896

        Frances Benjamin Johnston (1864-1952), best known on these pages as a prolific chronicler of Southern architecture, was also something of a feminist firebrand in her younger years. The photographer is seen here at age 32 in a triple-threat sendup of the 1890s "New Woman" -- smoking, drinking, showing some leg.

Self-Portrait as "New Woman," 1896. "Frances Benjamin Johnston, seated in front of fireplace, facing left, holding cigarette in one hand and beer stein in the other, in her Washington, D.C., studio." Gelatin silver print. View full size.

 

Old Paint: 1920s

Old Paint: 1920s

        Car looking the worse for wear? "Paint it yourself for $50 with Nu-Enamel -- Only One Coat and Is Brushed On."

I obtained this photo at a paper show at the Rothman Center at Fairleigh Dickinson University many years ago. The photographer, Stadler, was based in Chicago. Where are you now, Nu-Enamel boys? View full size.

Trading Shots: 1941

Trading Shots: 1941

July 1941. "Boys on the Fourth of July. State College, Pennsylvania." 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Sixth Wheel: 1919

Sixth Wheel: 1919

        "We always carry a spare, just in case."

San Francisco circa 1919. "Mercer touring car at Chain of Lakes, Golden Gate Park." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Hoosier Gothic: 1938

Hoosier Gothic: 1938

June 1938. "City hall and courthouse in Vincennes, Indiana." Behold the Palace of Tweets, formerly known as the White House. Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 
 
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