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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.

 
 
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The Motor City: 1942

The Motor City: 1942

Looking south along Woodward Avenue from the Maccabees Building at Warren Avenue, with downtown Detroit in the distance. July 1942. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Arthur Siegel. Note the four yellow streetcars.

 

Best Easter Wishes: 1908

Best Easter Wishes: 1908

"Best Easter Wishes." Chick pulling flowers in small wagon. Rotograph Company of New York, 1908. View full size.

 

Fifth Avenue Easter: 1913

Fifth Avenue Easter: 1913

Easter 1913. Fifth Avenue, New York. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

St. Patrick's Easter: 1911

St. Patrick's Easter: 1911

Easter 1911. St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size. Note the pair of Hansom cabs, named after the inventor (Joseph Hansom) and the type of carriage (cabriolet). Hansom cabriolets fitted with taximeters became known as taxicabs. Note the "curtain" in front of the cab -- to keep the passenger from having to see the horse do what horses do.

 

Indy Newsies: 1908

Indy Newsies: 1908

Indianapolis newsboys waiting for the Base Ball edition, in a newspaper office. August 1908. View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

Gaslight: 1909

Gaslight: 1909

Newsboy Club in Boston. October 1909. Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Our Gang: 1910

Our Gang: 1910

St. Louis, Missouri. May 7, 1910. "Jefferson Street Gang of newsboys at 10 P.M. over campfire in corner lot behind bill-board. Jefferson Street near Olive." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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