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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Lobster Salad Sandwich: 1953

Lobster Salad Sandwich: 1953

Jan. 17, 1953. New York. "Schrafft's, New Chrysler Building. Interior IV." Highly developed example of a genre of eatery once known as "quick service lunch," now more generally called "fast food." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Tyke on Trike: 1951

Tyke on Trike: 1951

"Linda - Nov 1951." Last seen here, Linda is now a young lady of 4, old enough to drive. From a batch of 200 Kodachrome slides I got on eBay. View full size.

Living Room-O-Rama: 1963

Living Room-O-Rama: 1963

On the left: Father's chair; on the right: Mother's chair; not shown: Father and Mother. Why they're not there is unknown; possibly I chased them out to take this panorama, which film grain fans may detect consists of two 35mm Tri-X negatives. Otherwise, Father would be reading the papers, Mother doing a crossword and both, perhaps, watching the TV, which was all the way across the room behind me. Up the stairs to the left is my room, and I'm otherwise evidence in a younger version in the photo on the desk. Elsewhere are displayed other family members, including my brother, sister, maternal grandmother, youngest nephew and aunt-by-marriage. Notable book collections: Heritage Press editions of Dickens, Twain and Carroll on the left, a c.1915 set of the Books of Knowledge on the right. Also, various beloved gimcracks and tchotchkes. Items on the erroneously-dubbed (by Mother) "tilt-top table" at the left indicate it's around Christmas. Finally, in the rack at right, a Sunset, "The Magazine of Western Living," which, of course, is the kind we were doing at the time. View full size.

Meet the Babcocks: 1943

Meet the Babcocks: 1943

March 1943. Rochester, New York. "The Babcocks, a typical American war worker's family." About whom we will learn so much in the coming days. Large format negative by Ralph Amdursky, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Night Alley: 1930

Night Alley: 1930

Cleveland circa 1930. "Night alley to Terminal Tower." Amazing shot from an 8x10 negative by the undeservedly obscure Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Camelot: 1961

Camelot: 1961

Sept. 15, 1961. New York. "Beauty shops. Helena Rubinstein, 655 Fifth Avenue. Gym class." Where the Ladies Who Lunch go to work off all those Waldorf salads. Large-format safety negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music

tterrace here to report that in this, another unlabeled Kodachrome from the "Linda" series, our music-loving friend is about to enjoy (and unfortunately is touching the playing surface of) an LP of one of the top items in the classical hit parade, Edvard Grieg's Piano Concerto in A Minor. This performance, with Walter Gieseking, piano, and Herbert von Karajan conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra, was originally recorded at Kingsway Hall, London, by EMI on June 6 and 11, 1951. It was licensed to USA's Columbia Records, which released this album in late December 1951 as ML 4431, selling for $5.45. His player appears to be a 1950 Steelman "Quartet" Model 515 portable, one of their "better buys," priced at $29.95. Definitely not hi-fi, but perhaps this is an example of the stopgap that many of the time employed, their older behemoth radio/phono consoles unable to accommodate the relatively new long-playing record, introduced by Columbia in 1948. I'd like to think this was a Christmas present. View full size.

 
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