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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Dork Dynasty: 1910

Dork Dynasty: 1910

No slapdash campsite for these circa 1910 New Zealand outdoorsmen: "Unidentified men sitting between two open tents with beds, tables, pictures, flags and posters on the walls, and Gaiety Camp sign, quoits game in front, pine trees behind. Sumner, Christchurch." Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Easier Living: 1951

Easier Living: 1951

October 12, 1951. Great Neck, Long Island, N.Y. "Statton Modern at John Wanamaker. Russel Wright bedroom group. Auerbach Agency, client." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Daisy Darling Pet: 1926

Daisy Darling Pet: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Dog cemetery." Intimations of canine mortality. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Migrant Moppets: 1937

Migrant Moppets: 1937

March 1937. "Migrant children from Oklahoma on California highway." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Christmas Dinner: 1950s

Christmas Dinner: 1950s

From the "Linda" Kodachromes, circa 1950s, somewhere in New England. A place at the table, just for you. Gravy, anyone? View full size.

Merry Christmas: 1913

Merry Christmas: 1913

        One hundred years ago -- yet it seems like just yesterday that we first posted this.

New York, December 1913. "Christmas tree, Madison Square." 8x10 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size. Happy holidays from Shorpy!

Hello Holly: 1952

Hello Holly: 1952

From the "Linda" Kodachromes circa 1952 comes this Dutch door festively attired with spruce wreath and merry-maker. Won't you come in? View full size.

 
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