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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 TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Boys of the 71st: 1898

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Boys of the 71st: 1898

Circa 1898. "Boys of the 71st N.Y. at Montauk Point after returning from Cuba." Young veterans of the Spanish-American War. Next stop: The Klondike! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Diva and the Dog: 1917

The Diva and the Dog: 1917

November 19, 1917. New York. "Frances White." A singer of brief renown (for "The Spelling Song"), Frances, seen here at age 19, was half of the vaudeville team Rock & White. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Perilous Crossing: 1900

Perilous Crossing: 1900

Hampton Roads, Virginia, circa 1900. "Going to the landing stage. Hotel Chamberlin in background." Although the harbor might not be mined, the street is. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Assassins' Lair: 1925

Assassins' Lair: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "House at 604 H Street N.W., at which plot to assassinate Lincoln was hatched." National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Steampunk iPad: 1922

Steampunk iPad: 1922

Circa 1922, the Fiske Reading Machine in the hand of its inventor, Rear Admiral Bradley Fiske. Where's the Home button on this thing? View full size.

 

Pie Coming Up: 1948

Pie Coming Up: 1948

July 2, 1948. "Schrafft's, Esso Building, Rockefeller Center. Dumbwaiter." How lunch gets launched. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Smoking Bull: 1905

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Smoking Bull: 1905

Circa 1905. "An old sea dog." All that salt water can be hard on the hands! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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