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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CHRISTMAS PRINTS

The Sands of Time: 1906

The Sands of Time: 1906

The Jersey shore circa 1906. "Beach and Boardwalk, Atlantic City." Brought to you by Gillette. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Comic Fan: 1950

Comic Fan: 1950

A prophetic photo, as I did become a big comic book fan. My favorites: Uncle $crooge, Walt Disney's Comics and Stories, Pogo, Little Lulu. Also bought Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tubby, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and scads of others, but I never got into superheroes. Stored them (along with those inherited from my brother) in big stacks in a cabinet down in the basement, arranged by title and in chronological order. Frequent re-readings necessitated periodic large-scale re-sorting operations that my mother often aided in. I'm one of those lucky ones whose mother didn't throw them all out one day when the kid wasn't looking; she liked reading them too occasionally. I have an inventory I made in early 1967 (when I was still buying them) showing a total of 1508. Just about all of them are still in existence, most stored at a friend's place.

You know, I really did have more fun as a blond. View full size.

Dr. Kuhmerker: 1921

Dr. Kuhmerker: 1921

Washington, D.C., in 1921. "912 14th Street." Typewriters, manicures and a center-door Model T Ford. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Pale Rider: 1908

Pale Rider: 1908

Washington, D.C., circa 1908. "Miss Corine Murphy in auto." Note the unusual rear tire. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

New Family: 1960

New Family: 1960

This was taken in East L.A. in 1960. That's my aunt on the left; my grandma, who is pregnant with my dad, in the middle; and Grandpa on the right. View full size.

Chinese Tuxedo: 1901

Chinese Tuxedo: 1901

Circa 1901, continuing our tour of New York. "Doyers Street, Chinatown." A wholesome neighborhood where milk can be purchased "by the glass." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Seeing New York: 1904

Seeing New York: 1904

Circa 1904. "Seeing New York." Electric omnibuses at the Flatiron Building. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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