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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Looking Up: 1918

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Looking Up: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "No caption." Who will be the first to invent one? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Rush Job: 1941

Rush Job: 1941

December 1941. Washington, D.C. "Workmen at lunch hour on emergency office space construction job." Photo by John Collier. View full size.

 

On the House: 1937

On the House: 1937

August 1937. "A drink on the house. Lumberjacks, proprietor and lady attendant in saloon. Craigville, Minnesota." Where everyone knows your name. Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Ghost Lobby: 1910

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Ghost Lobby: 1910

Circa 1910. "The Concourse, Fort William Henry Hotel, Lake George, New York." Please excuse any spectral guests who might happen to waft right through you. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

On the Avenue: 1905

On the Avenue: 1905

New York circa 1905. "St. Regis and Gotham hotels." Looking south along Fifth Avenue at East 56th Street, a streetscape glimpsed here from a different angle. On the right, the Gotham rising behind Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

8-Inch Guns: 1900

8-Inch Guns: 1900

Circa 1900. "U.S.S. New York, crew of forward 8-inch guns." 8x10 inch glass negative by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Winter Sports: 1940

Winter Sports: 1940

November 1940. "Children sledding, Jewett City, Connecticut." First stop: the frozen flagpole. 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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