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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 • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

California Picnic: 1959

California Picnic: 1959

On the grounds of Mission San Fernando in Los Angeles, 1959. This picnic has a kind of "Mad Men" feel to it. Again, the colors are true Kodachrome amazing. As the jingle goes: When you're out of Schlitz, you're out of beer. View full size.

Tires on Credit: 1940

Tires on Credit: 1940

September 1940. Washington, D.C. "Service station on Connecticut Avenue." Medium format nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam. View full size.

 

Children's Day: 1902

Children's Day: 1902

June 4, 1902. "Children's Day on Belle Isle, Detroit." Looks like a good turnout this year. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Fast Learners: 1908

Fast Learners: 1908

New York. "Columbia Relay Team, 1908. Capt. A. Zink, G.W. Hoyns, B. Sanders, K.M. Boorman." 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Snow Sprite: 1949

Snow Sprite: 1949

Snowy New England circa 1949, and young Linda is doing her part to help dig out after the storm. But a girl can do only so much shoveling with a broom. Where's Mommy with that hot chocolate? 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Mulberry Bend: 1905

Mulberry Bend: 1905

Circa 1905. "Mulberry Bend, New York City." The name was changed to Columbus Park in 1911. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Calle de San Fran: 1906

Calle de San Fran: 1906

Circa 1906. "Calle de San Francisco, San Juan, Puerto Rico." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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