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 York circa 1900. "Fraunce's Tavern, Broad and Pearl Streets." The building, which figured in the Revolutionary War, is said to be Manhattan's oldest. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
This photo was taken at my father's company, Dassault Aéronautique, in 1964 at Joinville-le-Pont, near Paris in France. My father is at the middle of the image. In the background, is the Marne river. View full size.
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