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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Triboro TB: 1940

Triboro TB: 1940

December 23, 1940. "Triboro Hospital for Tuberculosis. Parsons Boulevard, Jamaica, Queens. Typical six-bed ward, to balcony. Eggers & Higgins, architect." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Eight-Corner Store: 1904

Eight-Corner Store: 1904

Circa 1904. "Street corner merchant in Havana, Cuba." A sort of gazebodega. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Look Here: 1958

Look Here: 1958

April 4, 1958. "Dan D. Mich, Look magazine editorial director, surrounded by contact sheets, transparencies and photographic prints." Look's visualizer-in-chief. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Patriotruck: 1942

Patriotruck: 1942

July 1942. "Service station in Mechanicsville, Md." Our second visit to the Midway Garage. Photo by Marjory Collins, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Just One of Those Things: 1926

Just One of Those Things: 1926

May 1926. "NO CAPTION." We can guess what you're thinking -- "Boy, been awhile since I saw one of those," or "They don't make 'em like that any more!" And you'd probably be right. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

No-Nox, No Gas: 1942

No-Nox, No Gas: 1942

July 1942. "Gasoline rationing -- service station in Mechanicsville, Maryland." Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

A Chat With Marilyn: 1953

A Chat With Marilyn: 1953

Marilyn Monroe in 1953 at the Banff Springs Hotel while in Canada to film River of No Return. Photo by John Vachon for Look magazine. View full size.

 
 
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