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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

The Office: 1917

The Office: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. The National Photo Company office at 815 H Street N.W. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Step Children: 1921

Step Children: 1921

Washington D.C., 1921. "Star (Central High)." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Midnight Crap Game: 1912

Midnight Crap Game: 1912

November 23, 1912. Providence, Rhode Island. "A midnight crap game in the street near the Post Office. One 12 years old, one 14. One had been shooting here a couple of hours." View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

A Watched Pot: 1942

A Watched Pot: 1942

June 1942. "TVA chemical plant where elemental phosphorus is made. Vicinity of Muscle Shoals, Alabama." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

 

College of Cars

College of Cars

Back in October 1956, my brother shot this Ektachrome slide to show the construction of the new Engineering Building at Cal Poly, and a student parking lot just happened to be in the foreground. Today it looks like a vintage car rally. For extra points: spot the Corvette. View full size.

Old Paint: 1925

Old Paint: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Ford Motor Co." A delivery truck for Hugh Reilly Paint and Glass. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Grove Lime & Coal: 1920

Grove Lime & Coal: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Grove Lime & Coal Co." Our latest entry in the Shorpy parade of Stone Age delivery trucks. View full size. National Photo Co.

 
 
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