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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 • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Gasoline Allée: 1939

Gasoline Allée: 1939

January 1939. "Main Street in Jerome, Arkansas." As well as a cozy, woodsy gas station. Medium-format nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ...

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like ...

"Xmas 1951." Our golden boy is back in this 13th example from a series of Kodachromes taken in the crook of the Lower Michigan mitten. Whatever is in there, we hope it's better than Dad's leg lamp. View full size.

Coney Capers: 1905

Coney Capers: 1905

New York circa 1905. "On the beach at Coney Island." Note the kites. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Big Digger: 1910

Big Digger: 1910

Circa 1910. "Steam shovel removing a section of coffer dam, Livingstone Channel, Detroit, Michigan." Construction of the navigation channel along the Detroit River. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Grief: 1915

Grief: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Grief monument, Rock Creek cemetery." The timeless memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. National Photo. View full size.

 

Vroom: 1949

Vroom: 1949

Young motorist in an Austin pedal car circa 1949. From a set of 35mm Kodachromes I acquired in northern New Jersey. Here is another view. View full size.

Factory Branch: 1926

Factory Branch: 1926

1926. Washington, D.C. "Four Wheel Drive Auto Co. oil truck, H Street N.E." My favorite detail here: "Minimum Labor Charge 50¢." View full size.

 
 
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