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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

Domestic Cats: 1914

Domestic Cats: 1914

Two things you cannot escape:

        1. The Spanish Inquisition.
        2. The costumed cats of Harry W. Frees

1914. "Kittens in costume preparing to make tea with kettle boiling on toy stove." Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

 

Bridge Out: 1865

Bridge Out: 1865

April 1865. "Richmond, Va. Ruins of Richmond & Petersburg Railroad bridge." Span over the James River, burned by Confederate troops before the advancing Federal Army. Wet plate negative by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

Shadow Government: 1908

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Shadow Government: 1908

Circa 1908. "West front, U.S. Capitol, Washington." Today only, a tricameral legislature. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Nippers of November: 1920

The Nippers of November: 1920

New York, 1920. "Graham shop." Store window display of the Graham Talking Machine Co. at 75 Graham Avenue in Brooklyn. Among the titles you could take for a spin: "Ever of Thee I'm Fondly Dreaming," "Drowsy Baby" and "My Little Bimbo Down on the Bamboo Isle." Who'll be the first brave soul to attempt a Nipper count? 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

I Dream of Dishwasher: 1953

I Dream of Dishwasher: 1953

1953. "The American Dream of Christmas. Photographs of Christmas gifts with television personality Bert Parks; includes Parks and a woman posed in a studio riding on a 'magic carpet' on which are displayed electrical household appliances." Photo by Milton H. Greene for Look magazine. View full size.

End of the Road: 1964

End of the Road: 1964

Shorpy Classic: A post first seen here six years ago, saluting road-trippers everywhere. Everyone buckled up? Let's go!

"Great Falls, Montana. Return after 3 wks Vacation. June 27, 1964." This Kodachrome is from a box of vacation slides I found on eBay. Originally posted 6-11-2007, and ready again for its moment in the sun. View full size.

 

Office Girls: 1921

Office Girls: 1921

December 1921. Washington, D.C. "Machinists Association." And what could be an exhibit for the Museum of Antique Office Equipment. Experts please weigh in. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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