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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Astrotarium: 1959

Astrotarium: 1959

        Yes, the Russians had their Sputnik, but we were first with the interplanetary bounce-house.

March 31, 1959. "The 'Astrotarium,' the world's only planetarium in a big top, makes its first appearance in the New York area at Abraham & Straus (Babylon) during the week of March 30. Admission to the astronomy and space show, sponsored by A&S to promote public interest in science, will be free. The planetarium will be set up in a parking lot adjacent to A&S-Babylon at the Great South Bay Shopping Center." View full size.

 

Upper Lower Manhattan: 1917

Upper Lower Manhattan: 1917

New York circa 1917. "Skyscrapers, looking north toward towers of Woolworth and Singer buildings." Double-barreled tower in the foreground is the Adams Express Building. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Radio-Vision: 1925

Radio-Vision: 1925

More on Dr. Jenkins here and here.

1925. "Motion pictures by radio are very near, predicts C. Francis Jenkins, who has designed this small radio-vision receiving set for use in the home. It is only a few inches square and is attached to the regular radio receiving set. A miniature motion picture screen is placed on the wall of your home, as shown in this photo. The first of this machine to be made. The photo was taken in Mr. Jenkins's laboratory at Washington, D.C." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Pickled: 1954

Pickled: 1954

Dining With Shorpy, cont'd: "New York, 1954. Singer Jaye P. Morgan performing on the Robert Q. Lewis television show; at a party; eating at a restaurant." A dish of dills, a tub of kraut, and thou. Photos by Phillip Harrington for the Look magazine article "The Private Life of Jaye P. Morgan." View full size.

Sneezer's Big Boy: 1960

Sneezer's Big Boy: 1960

1960. Green Bay, Wisconsin. "Packers coach Vince Lombardi at lunch counter." Sneezer's No. 2 -- could anything sound more appetizing? Photo by Frank Bauman for the Look magazine assignment "The Packers Pay the Price." View full size.

 

Atlantic City Lunch: 1953

Atlantic City Lunch: 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 mother-in-law is at the counter. View full size.

In the Groove: 1940

In the Groove: 1940

1940. "Lana Turner and Artie Shaw with audio recording system in their Beverly Hills Home." Possibly rehearsing a movie script. Photo by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine article "Lana Turner and Artie Shaw at Home." View full size.

 
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