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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

Asset Management: 1943

Asset Management: 1943

October 1943. Washington, D.C. "Demonstration of the correct procedure in applying street makeup. Home management class at Woodrow Wilson High School." Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Toyland: 1951

Toyland: 1951

December 1, 1951. "Shopping center, Great Neck, Long Island, New York. Wanamaker's. Lathrop Douglass, architect." A toy display and its audience of tots. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Office Xmas Party: 1925

Office Xmas Party: 1925

        It's the Friday before Christmas, which means it's time for a hallowed holiday tradition here at Shorpy: The Office Xmas Party! Which has been going on for close to 90 years now. Will Clarence in Sales ever get up the nerve to ask out Hermione from Accounting?

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Western Electric Co. group." There are enough little dramas playing out here to keep the forensic partyologists busy until Ground Hog Day. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Night Lights: 1905

Night Lights: 1905

Coney Island circa 1905. "Night in Luna Park." What hath Edison wrought! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

OK Grocery: 1939

OK Grocery: 1939

January 1939. "Grocery store in Negro section. Homestead, Florida." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

You Better Watch Out: 1953

You Better Watch Out: 1953

From around 1953, in a bathroom somewhere in New England, comes this curious Kodachrome from the "Linda" series of slides that your webmaster found on eBay. This would be a much less precarious scenario if the household observed a strict lid-down protocol. In any case we have a Christmas party to get back to, but business before pleasure. Excuse us for a sec, will you? View full size.

Phelps-Dodge: 1942

Phelps-Dodge: 1942

December 1942. "Part of the copper concentrating plant of the Phelps-Dodge Mining Company at Morenci, Arizona. This plant supplies great quantities of the copper so vital in our war effort." Photo by Fritz Henle. View full size.

 
 
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