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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • TO EUROPE THE AMERICAN WAY

Officers' Quarters: 1907

Officers' Quarters: 1907

1907. "Officers' quarters. Fort Thomas, Kentucky." At left, the residence of Lt. Col. Leonard Austin Lovering. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Frankenstein Jeweler: 1907

Frankenstein Jeweler: 1907

Cincinnati circa 1907. "Fifth Street north from Race." Golden age of the Painless Dental Parlor and electric-bulb signage. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Deck the Halls: 1959

Deck the Halls: 1959

"Janet, Christmas 1959." We return to the Baltimore home of Kermy and his sister, who has the look of a kid who just got ... clothes for Christmas. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

And Now a Word from Santa

And Now a Word from Santa

This picture is from the early 1960s. Every year my mother's family gathered at the farm house to celebrate Christmas Eve. For a brief few years Santa arrived during our party to distribute gifts. I was young enough and excited enough not to notice the absence of my Uncle Tommy during Santa's visit. As Tommy's boys became old enough to be aware of his absence, Santa stopped coming to the party.

Uncle Tommy was reasonably serious and reserved healthcare professional, so it is fun to see him hamming it up, giving us all a thrill for Christmas. View full size.

Cinderella Santa: 1921

Cinderella Santa: 1921

Dec. 23, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Little Betty Sze, daughter of the ambassador from China, and Madame Sze meet the American Santa Claus, who called to visit her at the legation today." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

A Christmas Carol: 1913

A Christmas Carol: 1913

        Our ninth annual holiday greeting from the family of Washington lawyer Raymond Dickey, who has been welcoming us into his home since 1912 or 2008, depending on how you look at it. This marks the last of the series, unless we find some more in our stocking come Friday. MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL.

"Dickey family and Christmas tree, 1913." Looking a bit jollier than usual. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Onionator: 1965

The Onionator: 1965

From Chicago circa 1965 comes this uncaptioned snap of a lady in a kitchen showing an onion who's boss. Other ingredients include two eggs and a fish. Medium format negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 
 
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