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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

Inn by the Elms: 1908

Inn by the Elms: 1908

Circa 1908. "Broadway and Grand Union Hotel, Saratoga Springs, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

- Need Lumber Quick?

- Need Lumber Quick?

San Francisco in 1920. "Federal truck -- Van Arsdale-Harris Lumber Co., Fifth and Brannan." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Laying Pipe: 1923

Laying Pipe: 1923

July 21, 1923. "Water conduit." Part of the Washington, D.C., aqueduct system seen here, along what used to be called Conduit Road. View full size.

 

Bonus Army Bivouac: 1932

Bonus Army Bivouac: 1932

Washington, D.C., 1932. "Vacated 'Bonus Army' camp." Burned-out remnants of the Bonus marchers' camp in Anacostia Flats, with gas holders and what looks like a railroad bridge in the distance. And in the foreground, what we suppose might be conduit for the D.C. aqueduct. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Fate's Fickle Finger: 1944

Fate's Fickle Finger: 1944

New York, 1944. "Pawnbroker and prospective customer." I imagine the idea here was to convey the wholesome, cheery atmosphere of the typical pawn shop. Our second photo by Tony Linck. 4x5 Agfa acetate negative. View full size.

 

Homeland: 1940s

Homeland: 1940s

        UPDATE: The photographer is Tony Linck, whose work appeared in Life magazine. The location is probably around Utica, New York.

From somewhere in New England in the 1940s comes this uncaptioned 4x5 Agfa negative of three happy guys and their Ford truck. View full size.

 

Hauling Ice: 1934

Hauling Ice: 1934

San Francisco. "1934 Federal truck, City Ice Delivery Co." A business that was melting away. 5x7 film negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 
 
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