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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

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.

Main Street: 1908

Main Street: 1908

Rochester, New York, circa 1908. "Main Street and Hotel Rochester." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

At the Mall: 1959

At the Mall: 1959

May 29, 1959. "Prince George Plaza, Hyattsville, Maryland. Night view." An actual mall (a long, open plaza) when it opened in 1959, the shopping center was enclosed in the 1970s and renamed the Mall at Prince Georges. Large-format safety negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Modern Medicine: 1924

Modern Medicine: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Radio at Garfield Hospital." We're happy to report this patient has been discharged. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Futurama: 1962

Futurama: 1962

August 29, 1962. New York. "TWA terminal, Idlewild. Union News restaurants -- Lisbon Lounge II. Raymond Loewy." Nowadays of course we have Sbarro's and Panda Express at the airport, but 50 years ago people had to make do with this. Large-format safety negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Needles: 1943

Needles: 1943

March 1943. "Needles, California. A general view of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe rail yard." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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