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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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[REV 25-NOV-2014]

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CRUISE THE GREAT LAKES, 1930s

Merry and Bright: 1938

Merry and Bright: 1938

December 1938. "Negro home near Charleston, South Carolina." The little gunslinger wearing a "Buck Jones" cowboy outfit. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Handyman's Special: 1936

Handyman's Special: 1936

February 1936. "Shabby housing near Bound Brook, New Jersey." Medium format negative by Carl Mydans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Present Company: 1951

Present Company: 1951

"Bill, Emily & E.S. -- Dec. 25, 1951." We return to fur-friendly Blue Earth, Minnesota, for a Christmas visit from the folks last seen here last year. 35mm Kodachrome by Grace or Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

 

A Couple of Cads: 1919

A Couple of Cads: 1919

San Francisco circa 1919. "Cadillac touring car and sedan." Touring a veritable wonderland of chalk art. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Bowling Green: 1900

Bowling Green: 1900

New York circa 1900. "Bowling Green and Broadway." Oldest public park in the city. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Elephant in the Studio: 1954

The Elephant in the Studio: 1954

        "This morning at 10, the Happy Homemaker shares her favorite elephant recipes."

Los Angeles, 1954. "Betty White with elephant on her daytime TV show." 4x5 acetate negative from the Shorpy Publicity Department archive. View full size.

 

A Crocker Christmas: 1925

A Crocker Christmas: 1925

        Before getting to all those department stores, Santa has to hit the bank. Leave your checkbook at home, but bring the kids!

December 1925. "Christmas tree and Santa Claus at Crocker National Bank, Post & Montgomery Streets, San Francisco." 8x10 nitrate negative, formerly of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 

Room for One More: 1918

Room for One More: 1918

Circa 1918. "Federal truck -- San Francisco Casket Co." Makers of the box you'll go in. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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