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 York circa 1905. "Mills House No. 1, Thompson and Bleecker Sts." Designed as a "hostel for poor gentlemen," the building had 1,560 tiny rooms that rented for 20 cents a night. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.
Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Potomac Garage -- Mr. Frederick S. Lightfoot." The Henry Wood tire and auto accessory emporium on 14th Street N.W. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.
November 1922. Washington, D.C. "White House turkey 'Supreme 3' with unidentified people." Glimpsed here yesterday along with much informative commentary. Happy Thanksgiving from Shorpy! View full size.
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