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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Ex Cathedral: 1865

Ex Cathedral: 1865

1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Ruins of the Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar (Broad and Legare Streets) destroyed in the fire of December 1861." From photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. Glass plate negative, left half of stereograph pair, from Civil War photos compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge. View full size.

 

Portal: 1865

Portal: 1865

1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Ruins of Roman Catholic Cathedral. View of doorway." Glass plate negative, left half of stereograph pair. View full size.

 

Petersburg: 1865

Petersburg: 1865

1865. "Petersburg, Virginia. Sections of chevaux-de-frise before Confederate main works." From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Glass plate negative, left half of stereograph pair, from Civil War photos compiled by Milhollen and Mugridge. View full size.

 

Fort Sumter: 1865

Fort Sumter: 1865

1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Breach patched with gabions on the north wall of Fort Sumter." From photographs of the Federal Navy, and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865. Wet collodion glass plate negative, right half of stereograph pair, from Civil War photographs compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge. View full size.

 

Night on Catherine: 1954

Night on Catherine: 1954

"Montreal July 1954. Night on Catherine and Peel Streets." From Set 3 of found 35mm Kodachrome slides. View full size. I don't know about you, but I'm heading right over to the Indian Room to meet Jack Delano for cocktails.

Black Belt Barber: 1941

Black Belt Barber: 1941

April 1941. South Side Chicago. "Barber shop in the Black Belt." View full size. 35mm safety negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration.

 

The Blizzard of '08

The Blizzard of '08

January 1908. "Snow storm, 14th Street, New York City." View full size. Glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. Lots of interesting signs in this one.

 
 
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