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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 • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Madame Corby: 1922

Madame Corby: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Corby's laboratory." Another look at Mrs. M.M. Brooke, "chemist in charge of the Corby Baking Company laboratory," also seen here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Willard: 1922

The Willard: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Willard Hotel, 14th Street at Pennsylvania Avenue." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Grocery Run: 1940

Grocery Run: 1940

July 1940. Natchitoches Parish, Louisiana. "Mulattoes returning from town with groceries and supplies near Melrose." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Natchez: 1940

Natchez: 1940

August 1940. "Natchez, Mississippi." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Modern Family: 1900

Modern Family: 1900

Circa 1900. "Admiral Sampson's family." Young relatives of William T. Sampson, a hero of the Spanish American War. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Surf Avenue: 1903

Surf Avenue: 1903

New York circa 1903. "Surf Avenue, Coney Island." Plus: Delicious Ice Cream and Pop Corn. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

E Ticket Frenzy: 1963

E Ticket Frenzy: 1963

That's my brother at the right, just teleported in from The Land of Grayscale, beholding The Wonderful World of Color, where even garments have hues. Actually, he's making a fashion statement, otherwise it would be a black tie with a white shirt. If you don't know that, you don't know the early 60s.

Captured on Montgomery Ward slide film, specially formulated to make your vacation memories look like they came from same people who printed those free postcards of the motel available from the rack on the check-in counter.

Eventually, the little boys in tee shirts and shorts grew up to spawn an entire generation of grown men who go around everywhere dressed like that.

I assume everybody knows it's Disneyland. August 1963. View full size.

 
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