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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

College Modern II: 1965

College Modern II: 1965

August 1965. Cal Poly's San Luis Obispo campus underwent a building boom in the early 1960s, still prime time for Mid-Century Modern architecture (earlier I posted another example). Here we have the college's Administration Building a year after it opened, the landscaping so new it looks like an architect's rendering. My Kodachrome slide also captured these cars: first, something of a rarity, a sporty French Facel Vega; next, a 1965 Oldsmobile Starfire Coupe; finally, part of a 1964 Dodge, the part that shows that Chrysler Corporation's "Forward Look" was now a thing of the past. I took this shot at my brother's alma mater on either the way to or the way back from a visit to my sister and her family in Diamond Bar which, incidentally, is near Cal Poly's Pomona campus. View full size.

Ahead of the Curve: 1955

Ahead of the Curve: 1955

March 30, 1955. "Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach. Over pool to hotel. Morris Lapidus, client." The luxe hostelry's first "season" after its opening. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Uncle Jack: 1961

Uncle Jack: 1961

August 1961. Summer in Hyannis Port: "President John F. Kennedy driving a golf cart full of Kennedy [Shriver, Smith, Lawford] family children." Photo by Stanley Tretick for the Look magazine assignment "Uncle Jack." View full size.

King's Chapel: 1909

King's Chapel: 1909

Circa 1909. "King's Chapel, Boston." Note the unusually explicit One-Way sign on the lamppost: "Vehicles Must Go in Direction of Arrow." View full size.

 

Multi-Storied: 1937

Multi-Storied: 1937

Circa 1937. "61 Washington Street, Charleston." A house that's seen a lot of living. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Park Forest: 1954

Park Forest: 1954

July 1954. "Commuters on platform after getting off train. Park Forest, Illinois." Photo by Bob Sandberg for Look magazine. View full size.

 

Modern Office: 1921

Modern Office: 1921

December 1921. Washington, D.C. "Machinists Association." Mad amenities in this office paradise include windows and a sink. Note the Burroughs tabulator with glass sides. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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