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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 • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

Car Pyre: 1955

Car Pyre: 1955

From mid-1950s California, the aftermath of an epic carbecue in what looks to be Sierra ski country. Please present your claim ticket to the valet! 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Free at Last: 1865

Free at Last: 1865

June 9, 1865. "Negro freedmen by canal -- group of Contrabands at Haxall's Mill, Richmond." Wet plate stereograph by Alexander Gardner. View full size.

 

Radio City: 1939

Radio City: 1939

Rockefeller Center, New York, 1939. "Radio City buildings -- RCA." The sky­scrap­er known as 30 Rock. Gelatin silver print by Irving Underhill. View full size.

 

Brave New World: 1925

Brave New World: 1925

A lantern slide of Frances Bode's photograph titled "Repetition," from the 2nd International Salon of Pictorial Photography (1925), New York. View full size.

 

Model Behavior: 1952

Model Behavior: 1952

September 1952. New York. "Photos show people looking at fashion model Doris Erwin as she walks down Fifth Avenue." Just passing Bergdorf Goodman. One of three dozen images snapped by Ralph Ginzburg for the Look magazine assignment "A Young Man's Fancy -- Model on the Street." View full size.

 

Service in a Flash: 1952

Service in a Flash: 1952

Columbus, Ga., circa 1952. "Radio Cab Co." A fleet of two-door taxis -- Ford Mainline Tudor Sedans. 4x5 negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Aerial Rowboat: 1910s

Aerial Rowboat: 1910s

        UPDATE: This would seem to be one incarnation of Thomas Baldwin's "aerial rowboat" the California Arrow, which took riders aloft at fairs and carnivals in the early years of the century.

From 1910s San Francisco comes this young lady and her zaftig zeppelin. 5x7 inch glass negative, late of the Stanley and Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 

Family Dinner: 1952

Family Dinner: 1952

1952. "Photo for U.S. Information Agency propaganda poster titled 'I Choose to Be a Miner,' distributed in Asia; poster includes photographs of coal miner Walter Ward and family in David, Kentucky." Gelatin silver print. View full size.

 
 
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