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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Martha's Super: 1953

Martha's Super: 1953

1953. "Comedienne Martha Raye at her home in Connecticut." In a Buick Super whose grille rivaled her own. Photo by Douglas Jones for the Look magazine article "Martha Raye: At Home, She's Quieter." View full size.

Listening Post: 1942

Listening Post: 1942

Rochester, New York. "Mr. Babcock tuning in for war news." Howard B. in the latest installment of the Babcock saga; the photos, with a publication date of March 1943, seem to be from September 1942 if the newspaper is indeed new. Photo by Ralph Amdursky for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Dear Old Dad: 1943

Dear Old Dad: 1943

March 1943. Montgomery, Alabama. "Marvin Johnson, truck driver, reading the 'funnies' to his children." Happy Father's Day from Shorpy! Photo by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Western Union: 1931

Western Union: 1931

New York, 1931. "Western Union Telegraph Building, West Broadway. Ralph Walker, architect." The hulking Art Deco pile now known as 60 Hudson Street, a TriBeCa landmark. Photo by Irving Underhill. View full size.

 

Oyster House: 1953

Oyster House: 1953

Another in a series of professional 8x10 pictures taken in Atlantic City in August, 1953 for Better Living Magazine, featuring my in-laws. My father-in-law is towards the right in of the line, with my brother-in-law in his arms. My mother-in-law is standing in front of them. My father-in-law was 33 years old at the time. Now he's 93 and still in amazing health. View full size.

Waterfront Lots: 1937

Waterfront Lots: 1937

March 1937. "Ditch bank housing for Mexican field workers. Imperial Valley, California." Washtub and ashcans under the eucalyptus allée. Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Sparkling Ale: 1917

Sparkling Ale: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Union Station." In the distance, a glimpse of a long-vanished Capitol Hill landmark, the Washington Brewery smokestack advertising SPARKLING ALE. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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