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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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Ledkote: 1956

Ledkote: 1956

June 26, 1956. "Ledkote Products Co., Vernon Boulevard, Astoria, Long Island. Office accounting department. Corydon M. Johnson Co., client." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Nash on Nails: 1922

Nash on Nails: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Lee Tire Co. test." The tire to get if you plan on driving over dozens of nails simultaneously. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Kiwi Bikers: 1920

Kiwi Bikers: 1920

New Zealand circa 1920. "Young men on motorcycles, probably Wanganui region." Ready to run some errands, and you'd better not get in the way. Or else they might be late. Tesla Studios glass negative. View full size.

 

Tenement Beautiful: 1921

Tenement Beautiful: 1921

        Before Urban Renewal, there was the Hyacinth Window Box.

March 1921. "City Gardens Club of New York exhibit at the International Flower Show, Grand Central Palace." From the Home Improvement issue of Better Hovels & Gardens. Gelatin silver print by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

The Grayhouse: 1907

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The Grayhouse: 1907

Detroit circa 1907. "Horticultural Building, Belle Isle Park." Check out their latest Vine. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A Series of Tubes: 1923

A Series of Tubes: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Herbert Hoover Jr. radio set." Seen here yesterday with the son of the future president. View full size.

 

Warming Up: 1923

Warming Up: 1923

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Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Herbert Hoover Jr. and radio set." Son of the future president and a noted ham. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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