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About the Photos

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 • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

The Silence: 1923

The Silence: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Mutton in cold storage." Hangin and chillin, yo. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hotel Vermont: 1911

Hotel Vermont: 1911

Burlington, Vermont, circa 1911. "Hotel Vermont." Now the Vermont House condominiums. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

National Airport: 1941

National Airport: 1941

Arlington County, Va., circa 1941. "National Airport. Interior of waiting room showing ticket counter." Safety negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Dinah Sings: 1955

Dinah Sings: 1955

October 1955. "Singer Dinah Shore on the set of her television show." Color transparency from photos by Earl Theisen and Robert Vose for the Look magazine assignment "Dinah Goes Glamorous." View full size.

 

Cab Noir: 1942

Cab Noir: 1942

        The "Sky-View" taxi was a long-wheelbase DeSoto sedan with a plexiglas sunroof.

1942. "New York. Negro taxi driver. Story dealing with the life of Negroes in New York, their professions, occupations, and recreational activities." Photo by Albert Fenn for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

See You Next Fall: 1951

See You Next Fall: 1951

Jan. 19, 1951. "Common accidents in the home." The Accident Lady is back. Have a nice trip! Wellington, New Zealand, Evening Post photo. View full size.

Ninth and H: 1920

Ninth and H: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "9th & H Streets N.W." Home to the National Photo Company, whose work is well represented here on Shorpy, and whose neighbors we've seen here and here. National Photo Co.glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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