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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 • CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

French's Brigade: 1862

French's Brigade: 1862

1862. "Yorktown, Virginia. Headquarters of Sarg. Gabriel. Dr. Grant & Chaplain Jones H. Dwight of French's Brigade. 66th New York Infantry -- 'Governor's Guards'." Wet collodion glass plate negative. View full size.

 

Top Cat: 1948

Top Cat: 1948

Since cute cat and dog pictures have proved so incredibly popular of late on Shorpy (over 550 "Likes" so far for the last one), I thought I'd post one of ours. This is August, 1948 in our back yard in Larkspur, California. One guess who's the alpha critter here. Tom, aka Boots the Cat, didn't take foolishness from anybody, much less Nippy the dog. Nippy herself was well-named; in fact, shortly after this was taken my folks had to give her away to some friends because of her tendency to take nips at people, most recently including the two-year-old me. Tom/Boots, on the other hand, took a more tolerant view of people, but nevertheless steadfastly maintained a feline aloofness that made his somewhat occasional visits something of an event. The closest he ever came to coming indoors was when he'd wend his way through the foundations and up the basement stairs to the top step just behind the closed kitchen door, where there'd always be a dish of cat food waiting for him. I remember the piscine redolence of that spot that lingered for years after his last appearance. View full size.

Dish Network: 1931

Dish Network: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. "National Broadcasting Co." A parabolic microphone, maybe, or high-tech salad bowl. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Crescent Limited: 1926

Crescent Limited: 1926

Alexandria, Virginia, circa 1926. "American Locomotive Co. -- Southern R.R. Crescent Limited 1396." Seen here from the other side, with more info in the comments. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Juvenile Footwear: 1955

Juvenile Footwear: 1955

April 16, 1955. "Children's shoes, Lord & Taylor. Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Raymond Loewy Associates." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Ambler Rambler: 1907

Ambler Rambler: 1907

Cleveland circa 1907. "Drive leading to Ambler's Heights." Slow down, and mind the dust. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Bustling Cleveland: 1911

Bustling Cleveland: 1911

Cleveland, Ohio, in 1911. "Euclid Avenue." Painless dentists and quick-service lunchrooms in easy walking distance. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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