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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

Look at the Time: 1950

Look at the Time: 1950

Wellington, New Zealand, circa 1950. "Household appliances including washing & sewing machine, mixer, toaster, polisher and heater." Also a control-robot with three hands -- hour, minute and left. Photo by K.E. Niven & Co. View full size.

Warping Boy: 1908

Warping Boy: 1908

December 1908. "Boy at warping machine, Catawba Cotton Mill. Newton, North Carolina." Glass negative by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Sister Act: 1943

Sister Act: 1943

May 1943. Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. "Twins Amy and Mary Rose Lindich, 21, employed at the Pennsylvania Railroad as car repairmen helpers, earning 72 cents per hour. They reside in Jeanette and carpool with fellow workers." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Apex Predator: 1931

Apex Predator: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. "Diorama depicting Homo sanitatius janitorii about to strike." Actually there was no caption for this one, so we improvised. Feel free to improve on it in the Comments. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Third Street Presbyterian: 1902

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Third Street Presbyterian: 1902

Dayton, Ohio, circa 1902. "Third Street Presbyterian Church." Scrolling top to bottom in Full Size mode, you get a nice visual allegory: Heaven to Earthy. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Luxury Lofts Coming Soon: 1937

Luxury Lofts Coming Soon: 1937

1937. "Stoddard's Lower Range from Factors Walk, River Street, Savannah, Georgia." Cotton warehouses built by John Stoddard on the bluffs above the Savannah River in the late 1850s. This seems ripe for one of those condo conversions where the price features a decimal point. View full size.

 

PA Flyer: 1905

PA Flyer: 1905

Circa 1905. "Pennsylvania Flyer, eastbound." Heading past Telegraph Pole National Forest. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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