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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Ghost Jerk: 1909

Ghost Jerk: 1909

Detroit circa 1909. "Bertram Bros. drug store -- Detroit City Gas Co. light fixtures." Spectral clerks and a nice soda fountain are the featured attractions. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Yardbirds: 1950

Yardbirds: 1950

Circa 1950, Linda's mom at right with someone who might be her sister, and someone else who is definitely a dog. And, for those of you keeping track, the third box of paper napkins in this batch of 35mm Kodachromes. View full size.

The R.R. Arch: 1908

The R.R. Arch: 1908

Springfield, Mass., circa 1908. "Massasoit House and R.R. Arch." A variety of hazards for the unwary pedestrian. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Game Day: 1943

Game Day: 1943

January 1943. Daytona Beach, Florida. "Bethune-Cookman College. Football is the favorite sport." Eleven Wildcats in an awesome team photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

 

Gluten Bread: 1936

Gluten Bread: 1936

December 1936. "Scene along Bathgate Avenue in the Bronx, a section from which many of the New Jersey homesteaders have come." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Window on the Past: 19xx

Window on the Past: 19xx

Somewhere in New England, sometime in mid-century. Another unlabeled slide from the Linda Kodachromes. Are there any clues here as to the year? Let's have a beer while we ponder. (UPDATE: See Comments for the answer.) View full size.

Wingman: 1943

Wingman: 1943

March 1943. Rochester, New York. "Earl and Howard Babcock looking over one of the model airplanes which Howard built." The boys seems to have migrated from the bedroom to the basement. Photo by Ralph Amdursky. View full size.

 
 
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