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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 • SKI FUN IN QUÉBEC, 1930s

Little Shop of Butchers: 1900

Little Shop of Butchers: 1900

Detroit circa 1900. "Smith & Yendall, Grocers." Also butchers of poultry, dressed and undressed, & cetera. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Pan-American: 1935

Pan-American: 1935

        Ready for international bicycle ride. Henry G. Slaughter of Washington, supported by those interested in publicizing the Inter-American Highway, prepares to leave for a trip which will carry him, if he is successful, down into the tropics through Central America to the Argentine.

November 23, 1935. Washington, D.C. "Henry G. Slaughter." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Paint It Black: 1931

Paint It Black: 1931

San Francisco, 1931. "Hudson sedan at Golden Gate Park." Perfect accessory for dark clothes or dark moods. 5x7 glass negative by Chris Helin. View full size.

 

Mountain Mamas: 1938

Mountain Mamas: 1938

September 1938. "Wife of unemployed coal miner, suffering from T.B., with her mother and children. Family living in old company store. Abandoned mining town of Marine, West Virginia." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Crawlspace Canoe: 1950s

Crawlspace Canoe: 1950s

From circa 1950s Columbus, Georgia, comes this uncaptioned News Archive negative of a young man and his dugout, evidently crafted in the basement. Ready to open that spigot and float off to points unknown. View full size.

 

The Sportables: 1960

The Sportables: 1960

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1960. "Portable TV." RCA Victor "Sportable" TVs, the Research Department informs us. The set so light, you can lift it with three hands! 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Light Lunch: 1902

Light Lunch: 1902

Circa 1902. "Window in girls' restaurant, National Cash Register Co., Dayton, Ohio." 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 
 
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