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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Shawneetown: 1937

Shawneetown: 1937

April 1937. "U.S. post office. Shawneetown, Illinois." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Droop's: 1913

Droop's: 1913

Washington, D.C., 1913. "E.F. Droop & Sons Co. music store." Back when the Victrola was the iPod of its day. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

House Party: 1950

House Party: 1950

1950. From photographs by Stanley Kubrick for the Look magazine article "The Debutante Who Went to Work": "Socialite model/actress Betsy Von Furstenberg attending a weekend house party. Includes Von Furstenberg, hostess Sandra Stralem and other young women in ball gowns." View full size.

Ford Exposition: 1939

Ford Exposition: 1939

May 12, 1939. "New York World's Fair, Ford Motor Building. Entrance." The stainless steel sculpture of a V8-brandishing Mercury was by Robert Foster. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Canyonland: 1908

Canyonland: 1908

Pittsburgh circa 1908. "Fifth Avenue looking north." On the left, Kaufmann's. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Victorian Radio: 1924

Victorian Radio: 1924

June 1924. Washington, D.C. "Carl W. Mitman, Curator of Engineering, U.S. National Museum [Smithsonian Institution], holding what is believed to be the first radio tube, made in 1898 by D. McFarlan Moore of New York. Radio waves emanating from this tube ignited a bomb a city block away and blew up a miniature of the Battleship Maine." Harris & Ewing glass plate. View full size.

 

A Grand Day Out: 1962

A Grand Day Out: 1962

"Adams Reunion, 1962." Somewhere in Maryland or Pennsylvania, it's Kermy at left with the glasses, sister Janet on the right with tot and Dale with the watch, relationship unknown. A nice day in the cemetery-cornfield. View full size.

 
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