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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Rockaway Bungalows: 1910

Rockaway Bungalows: 1910

Vacation bungalow colony at Rockaway, Queens, c. 1910. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Note "front yards" of sand decorated with seashells.

 

The Sands of Time: 1910

The Sands of Time: 1910

More of the Rockaway bungalow colony in 1910. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Tent City: 1910

Tent City: 1910

July 26, 1910. Tent city on the beach at Rockaway, Queens. View full size. 5x7 glass plate negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Coney Island: 1911

Coney Island: 1911

May 27, 1911. Aftermath of the Dreamland amusement park fire at Coney Island. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. Note the ancient streetlamp.

 

Nanty Glo Slagger: 1937

Nanty Glo Slagger: 1937

1937. Salvaging coal from the slag heap at Nanty Glo, Pennsylvania. Coal pickers get 10 cents for each hundred-pound sack or two dollars a ton. One man can make from 10 to 20 sacks a day. View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn.

 

Our Man in Maynardville: 1935

Our Man in Maynardville: 1935

Another view of the Tennessee Troubadour as captured by painter-photographer Ben Shahn in October 1935. View full size. More here. 35mm nitrate negative.

 

Tennessee Troubadour: 1935

Tennessee Troubadour: 1935

October 1935. Street musician in Maynardville, Tennessee. View full size. Photograph by Ben Shahn. Another shot here. Scan from 35mm nitrate negative.

 
 
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