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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Elvira: 1910

Elvira: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Elvira de Hidalgo." The young (b. 1891) Spanish soprano around the time of her appearance with the Metropolitan Opera as Rosina in "The Barber of Seville." 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Kartch's: 1947

Kartch's: 1947

Jan. 27, 1947. "Kartch's, Main Street, Paterson, New Jersey. General interior, to entrance." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Payday: 1905

Payday: 1905

Circa 1905. "Payday at the shipyard -- Newport News, Virginia." Where do I sign up for direct deposit? 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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