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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.

 
 
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The Oriental: 1903

The Oriental: 1903

        The Oriental Hotel, at the eastern end of the Coney Island peninsula, opened in 1880 and was demolished in 1916.

1903. "Oriental Hotel and boardwalk, Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn, New York." Panorama of two 8x10 glass negatives, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Red, White & Brew: 1943

Red, White & Brew: 1943

May 1943. "Palacios, Texas. Liquor store." The original wine box. Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Latest Thing: 1924

The Latest Thing: 1924

1924. "The latest in radio development which has been perfected by Mr. H.P. O'Reilly of Washington, D.C." Which seems to incorporate a "Telegraphone," the early wire recorder alluded to on the wall. Never miss another radio program again! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Taking the Air: 1920s

Taking the Air: 1920s

1920s. "Unidentified women at Long Beach, New York." Two Jazz Age sunbathers just in from West Egg. Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Dream Sink: 1955

Dream Sink: 1955

May 3, 1955. "Model kitchen in Chicago showroom. Advertisement for Crane fixtures." Presenting, if not the Kitchen of Tomorrow, at least the Breakfast Nook of Next Wednesday. Photo by Bill Hedrich, Hedrich-Blessing Studio. New York World-Telegram and Sun Newspaper Photograph Collection. View full size.

 

Fifty-Eight an Hour: 1943

Fifty-Eight an Hour: 1943

June 1943. "Pitcairn, Pennsylvania. Mrs. Bernice Stevens of Braddock, Pa., mother of one child, employed in the engine house of the Pennsylvania Railroad, earns 58 cents per hour. She is cleaning a locomotive with a high pressure nozzle. Her husband is in the Army." Photo by Marjory Collins. View full size.

 

Big Pitcher: 1966

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Big Pitcher: 1966

April 12, 1966. "Sandy Koufax, pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers, in the locker room signing baseballs." Photo by Phil Bath for Look magazine. View full size.

 
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