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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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Harpers Ferry: 1862

Harpers Ferry: 1862

"Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. View of town; confluence of Potomac and Shenandoah rivers; railroad bridge in ruins." Battle of Harpers Ferry, September 1862. Wet plate glass negative by C.O. Bostwick. View full size.

 

The Tower: 1937

The Tower: 1937

New Orleans circa 1937. "The Tower, 1015 Chartres Street." 8x10 inch negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston, channeling Jimmy Stewart. View full size.

 

Living Room Quiet Time: 1976

Living Room Quiet Time: 1976

Usually when my father and Kitty were in the same room she'd be on his lap. Or actually, on a newspaper on his lap while he read another section, forming a kind of cat sandwich. "You're full of hair," he'd tell her after she jumped up on him. Here he's reading the Marin County Independent-Journal bearing a headline about President-elect Jimmy Carter. At this point, you may be wondering if he was ever seen without a newspaper in his hands. Well, at other times, he'd have garden tools: trimming, pruning, cultivating, raking, watering. Or a steering wheel. Occasionally he'd be seen carving a roast. The reason this is a quiet time (around Christmas, as you can see from the decorations here and there) is that I'm not blasting my stereo, thus banishing him to the kitchen. I'd bought a Sony Trinitron to keep him and my mother company there at such times. That's my record collection on the rack behind him, and one of my Infinity Monitors is just visible peeking over the chair in the corner. My Kodachrome, lit by bounce flash. View full size.

Library of Congress: 2007

Library of Congress: 2007

Washington, D.C., 2007. "Main Reading Room, Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building. View from above showing researcher desks." Photograph (made with a Phase One P45+ digital back) by Carol Highsmith. View full size.

Library of Congress: 1905

Library of Congress: 1905

Washington, D.C., circa 1905. "Library of Congress, Main Reading Room." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Yamacraw Market: 1939

Yamacraw Market: 1939

Savannah, Georgia, circa 1939. "Yamacraw Market, Fahm Street. Rowhouse structure built about 1850. Torn down 1940 for Yamacraw Village Housing Projects." 8x10 acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Way Out West: 1943

Way Out West: 1943

March 1943. "Eastbound track of the Santa Fe R.R. across desert country near South Chaves, New Mexico." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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