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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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The Ubiquitous Banana: 1920

The Ubiquitous Banana: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "National Fruit Co. banana truck." 8x10 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Entre Nous: 1943

Entre Nous: 1943

June 1943. Arlington, Virginia. "One of several alcoves off the corridor in Idaho Hall, Arlington Farms, a residence for women who work in the U.S. government for the duration of the war." Medium format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Big & Tall: 1900

Big & Tall: 1900

September 11, 1900. "Masonic Temple, State Street, Chicago -- Temple Theatre and Central Music Hall." Completed 1892; demolished 1939. Shortly after this photo was taken, Central Music Hall met the wrecking ball to make way for the Marshall Field department store. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

A Feather in Her Cap: 1920

A Feather in Her Cap: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Haynes touring car at DeYoung Museum, Golden Gate Park." Dapper flapper at the wheel, poised to take flight. Could this be our first photo by Chris Helin to portray someone famous? 5x7 glassneg. View full size.

 

Atlantic House: 1907

Atlantic House: 1907

        "The 175 room hotel burned to the ground during a blizzard on January 7, 1927."

Circa 1907. "Atlantic House, Nantasket Beach, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The New Y: 1909

The New Y: 1909

        At the corner of Witherell and Adams Avenues, is the largest and most complete of its kind in the world and boasts of a gymnasium second to none in the country. It was erected in 1908 and has cost in the neighborhood of $700,000.

Detroit circa 1909. "The new Y.M.C.A. building." Razed in 1998 to make way for Comerica Park baseball stadium. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Slater House: 1937

Slater House: 1937

1937. "Slater House, St. Augustine, St. Johns County, Florida. Dr. Chatelain's photographs. P.A. Wolfe, photographer." 8x10 inch acetate negative attributed to Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Dodgeball: 1943

Dodgeball: 1943

August 1943. "Middle River, a small crossroads in the vicinity of Baltimore, Maryland. Farm Security Administration housing project (later administered by the National Housing Agency) for Glenn L. Martin aircraft workers. Play period for children attending Bible class." Medium format negative by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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