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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Dodge for Dummies: 1948

Dodge for Dummies: 1948

March 24, 1948. "L Motors, 175th Street and Broadway, New York City. Entrance detail." Our second look at this showroom and its curious display of dummies in Dodges. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Individual Dixies: 1930s

Individual Dixies: 1930s

UPDATE: The photo now has a caption.

January 10, 1930. Tea time in the air. Miss Wanda Wood, hostess for the Eastern Air Transport, serves tea for two -- Misses Charlotte Childress and Elizabeth Hume, aboard one of the line's passenger planes. The company provides bridge, tea and cigarettes, with hostesses to arrange the bridge games and serve the tea.

We seem to be aboard an aircraft in this unlabeled glass negative from the Harris & Ewing collection. Beverage service uses real china as well as "Individual Dixies." Who can identify these ladies' means of conveyance? View full size.

 

Friends to the End: 1865

Friends to the End: 1865

1861-65. "Pvt. Charles Chapman of Company A, 10th Virginia Cavalry Regiment (left), and unidentified soldier." Half-plate ambrotype, hand-colored. Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

The Doll Dresser: 1936

The Doll Dresser: 1936

1936. "Mt. Holyoke, Mass. - Paragon Rubber Co. and American Character Doll. Dressing and packing dolls." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

And His Little Dog, Too: 1938

And His Little Dog, Too: 1938

July 1938. "Man who lives in row house. Baltimore, Maryland." Walkies, anyone? Photo by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Imperial Navy: 1893

Imperial Navy: 1893

1893. "Columbian Naval Review. Ship's company, Russian Navy." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Shady Business: 1920

Shady Business: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Hooper & Klesner Building, 12th & H Streets." This block would seem to be Windowshade Central for the nation's capital. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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