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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 NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Engauged: 1942

Engauged: 1942

September 1942. "Washington, D.C. Conversion of the Shoreham Hotel furnace from oil to coal burning system." Crank it, boys, and let's see what this thing'll do. Photo by Howard Liberman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bladensfield: 1932

Bladensfield: 1932

Circa 1932. "Bladensfield, Warsaw vicinity, Richmond County, Virginia." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

The Flying Merkel: 1915

The Flying Merkel: 1915

Circa 1915, location unknown. "Mailman & motorcycle." And not just any motorbike but a "Flying Merkel," with what looks like an acetylene-gas headlamp. Oh, and Spitting Prohibited by Law, "Except Into Cuspidors." View full size.

 

The Lettermen: 1915

The Lettermen: 1915

Circa 1915. "Mailman and truck," location unknown. Collection times 6:15 a.m. to noon. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Angels and Asphalt: 1935

Angels and Asphalt: 1935

Arlington, Virginia, circa 1935. "Union Paving Co. -- Paving in Arlington National Cemetery." On the left, a Buffalo Springfield steamroller that's the real deal, actually powered by steam. Photo by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

The Honeymooners: 1955

The Honeymooners: 1955

April 1955. "Art Carney, Jackie Gleason, Audrey Meadows, and Joyce Randolph performing skit on television sound stage for The Honeymooners." Color transparency from unpublished photos by Arthur Rothstein and Douglas Jones for the Look magazine assignment "Gleason's Pal Carney." View full size.

 

Cozy Depot: 1943

Cozy Depot: 1943

January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago & North Western Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. At the end of the trip, conductor John Wolfsmith [last seen here] waits at the little railroad station for a suburban train to take him back home to Chicago. A welder who works at the rip tracks is trying to thaw out his frozen air hose." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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