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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

New York Giant: 1908

New York Giant: 1908

New York circa 1908. "The Singer Building." Shortly after its completion. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dreamy Marilyn: 1961

Dreamy Marilyn: 1961

1961. "Marilyn Monroe posed on a bed under white sheets." Photo by Douglas Kirkland for the Look magazine assignment "Four for Posterity." View full size.

Another Day: 1943

Another Day: 1943

April 1943. Baltimore, Maryland. "Workers hurrying to catch a conveyance for their jobs at 7 a.m." Style notes include the brooch and hat. Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Down Under: 1910

Down Under: 1910

By 1910, men's bathing costumes were sleeveless and cut off at mid-thigh. However, as required by some bylaws, many male bathers, such as this group, wore trunks over their one-piece suits.

-- Encyclopedia of New Zealand

New Zealand circa 1910. "Unidentified bathers, probably at Christchurch." Dry plate glass negative by Steffano Francis Webb. View full size.

 

Booze Is Back: 1934

Booze Is Back: 1934

Washington, D.C., circa 1934. "Leon's Delicatessen, 1131 14th Street NW. Window display of whiskey." Courtesy of Leon Slavin (1893-1975), who, according to his obituary, "obtained the first off-sale retail liquor license in Washington after the repeal of Prohibition." 8x10 negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

The Twiddler: 1924

The Twiddler: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. Tweaking the dials on a Freed Eisemann Neutrodyne receiver and a Western Electric 138 amplifier. On the shelf: Westinghouse "Rectigon" battery chargers. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

College Modern II: 1965

College Modern II: 1965

August 1965. Cal Poly's San Luis Obispo campus underwent a building boom in the early 1960s, still prime time for Mid-Century Modern architecture (earlier I posted another example). Here we have the college's Administration Building a year after it opened, the landscaping so new it looks like an architect's rendering. My Kodachrome slide also captured these cars: first, something of a rarity, a sporty French Facel Vega; next, a 1965 Oldsmobile Starfire Coupe; finally, part of a 1964 Dodge, the part that shows that Chrysler Corporation's "Forward Look" was now a thing of the past. I took this shot at my brother's alma mater on either the way to or the way back from a visit to my sister and her family in Diamond Bar which, incidentally, is near Cal Poly's Pomona campus. View full size.

 
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