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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 • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Anthony's Wireless Airship: 1912

Anthony's Wireless Airship: 1912

"Anthony's Wireless Airship." A small powered blimp used in 1912 to demonstrate remote control of aircraft by wireless telegraphy. ("Professor Anthony has exhibited a method of airship control of his own by wireless. He and Leo Stephens recently gave an exhibition of starting, controlling, turning and stopping an airship by wireless which was quite a long distance from the station which controlled its action.") View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Grand Central Station: 1913

Grand Central Station: 1913

New York's Grand Central Station nearing completion sometime around 1913. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Wireless Telegraph: 1920

Wireless Telegraph: 1920

"Amateur Wireless Station" with headset circa 1920. Note photo of the young operator. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

FDNY: 1913

FDNY: 1913

New York Fire Department "auto extension pipe" hose truck (?) circa 1913. "Couple Gear" on radiator. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Testing the Hoses: 1913

Testing the Hoses: 1913

"Motor Fire Engine." Testing the FDNY hoses somewhere along the waterfront in 1913. View full size | Zoom in. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Roy's Hoppin Hooptie: 1915

Roy's Hoppin Hooptie: 1915

Roy Repp in his bucking Buick ("Maude, the Motor Mule") circa 1915 in New York. (Three more pics). View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Italian Festa: 1918

Italian Festa: 1918

July 1918. "Italian Festa." Street festival in New York's Little Italy. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size | Even bigger.

 
 
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