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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

For the Ladies: 1912

For the Ladies: 1912

Washington, D.C., circa 1912. "National Safe Deposit Savings & Trust Co., 15th St. & New York Avenue." Note the PUBLIC TOILET FOR WOMEN, possibly for a parade. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Le Grand Pont: 1910

Le Grand Pont: 1910

June 30, 1910. "Traveling bridge - Marseilles, France." 5x7 acetate negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Above the Nixon: 1914

Above the Nixon: 1914

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1914. "Sixth Avenue above the Nixon Theatre." Home to the Nixon Cafe. Note the theater's "digital" carriage call. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Technocracy Inc.: 1939

Technocracy Inc.: 1939

August 1939. Josephine County, Oregon. "New sign, erected seven years after Howard Scott talked of a survey of North America and formation of 'energy units,' which had widespread vogue in the early years of Depression." Another of Dorothea Lange's quirky-sign photos. View full size.

 

Chretien Point: 1938

Chretien Point: 1938

1938. "Chretien Point Plantation, Sunset vicinity, St. Landry Parish, Louisiana. Structure dates to 1831." Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Planes, Trains: 1935

Planes, Trains: 1935

June 12, 1935. "Newark passenger station, Pennsylvania Railroad. Waiting room, sunlight and passengers. McKim, Mead & White, client." Waiting for someone to explain the plane. Large format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Deluxe Apartment: 1942

Deluxe Apartment: 1942

New York, 1942. Another of Albert Fenn's photos recording the family life of musician Eddie South. The Shorpy Research Department believes this to be his first wife, the former Kathryn Crum, crocheting a bedspread. View full size.

 
 
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