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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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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Lurene Tuttle: 1960

Lurene Tuttle: 1960

"Sexy actress Lurene Tuttle" is how the seller of this midcentury publicity still described its subject; "matronly character actor" might be more on the mark. For many years Lurene's voice was a fixture of the radio airwaves. 4x5 acetate negative from the Publicity Department Archive. View full size.

 

Family Portrait: 1915

Family Portrait: 1915

From ca. 1915 we bring you the John Doe family and their cat. 5x7 glass negative from that dusty box in Grandma's attic to an estate sale to you. View full size.

 

Frosted Flakes: 1907

Frosted Flakes: 1907

A Bed of "Snow-Ball" is the uncharacteristically fanciful title of this 1907 entry from the Detroit Publishing catalogue, showing Grand Circus Park and the Fine Arts Building. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Trailer Trashed: 1954

Trailer Trashed: 1954

"Railyard accident." Oakland again, circa 1954, and the Curious Case of the Tipped Trailer. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Ladies' Rooms: 1904

Ladies' Rooms: 1904

        Ladies visiting New York unattended will appreciate an elegant, modern hotel, receiving only women as lodgers: the new HOTEL MARTHA WASHINGTON, extending from 29th to 30th Street, 100 feet from Madison Avenue. Rooms at moderate prices. Superior Restaurant for Ladies and Gentlemen. Every comfort and careful service. Write for booklet before you select an hotel. - ADV.

New York, 1904. "Hotel Martha Washington." Built by the Women's Hotel Company. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Two-Totaler: 1956

Two-Totaler: 1956

Fruitvale Avenue at 10th Street Street in Oakland circa 1956, and yet another vignette of vehicular violence. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

 

Old Iron Sides: 1907

Old Iron Sides: 1907

Circa 1907. "Cincinnati -- Mount Adams across Ohio River from Covington, Kentucky." With a view of the sternwheeler Iron Sides pushing a coal barge. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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