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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

Minute Service No. 5: 1925

Minute Service No. 5: 1925

1925. Washington, D.C. "Texas Company. Linworth Place and C Street S.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Test Table: 1925

The Test Table: 1925

1925. "Atwater Kent at test table." Namesake of the Atwater Kent radio empire at his Philadelphia factory. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Fountain Drinks: 1950

Fountain Drinks: 1950

A New Jersey lunch counter and soda fountain circa 1950. View full size.

Downhill Racer: 1968

Downhill Racer: 1968

Diamond Bar, California, July 1968. My niece Mary having a good time, apparently. Neighbor has a nice early-60s Ford pickup. I shot this on 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Three Brooklyn Bridges: 1908

Three Brooklyn Bridges: 1908

Feb. 22, 1908. "Three New York-Brooklyn bridges from Brooklyn." An amazingly detailed panorama of New York recorded by George Grantham Bain. Our 3100 pixel wide version (view full size), detailed as it is, is less than a quarter the size of the hi-res scan of the original 8x10 inch glass negative. From the left: Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge (under construction) and Williamsburg Bridge.

 

Number Please: 1917

Number Please: 1917

November 14, 1917. "New York Telephone." A service flag denoting 1,009 telephone employees in the armed forces. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. From 1917, a New York Times article on service flags.

 

Goatmobile: 1922

Goatmobile: 1922

July 4, 1922. Takoma Park, Maryland. "Fourth of July celebration." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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