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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

Cellulose Sales: 1950

Cellulose Sales: 1950

Nov. 21, 1950. "Cellulose Sales Co., 250 Park Avenue, New York. Accounting office." In addition to the usual staplers, ink stamps and accounting machines we have one big glass ash tray and another shaped like a ship's wheel, both amply supplied with butts. Whose filters would have been made mostly of cellulose! Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Every Egg Guaranteed: 1936

Every Egg Guaranteed: 1936

December 1936. "Store at which Mrs. Hotchfield does her shopping. Washington Avenue, the Bronx." Home of the guaranteed two-day egg, as well as "greatest literature." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Sand Castles: 1905

Sand Castles: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel, Atlantic City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

String Theory: 1952

String Theory: 1952

Linda and the gang circa 1952. Hey kids, go fly a kite! (But watch out for those power lines.) 35mm Kodachrome slide found on eBay. View full size.

Little Creek: 1938

Little Creek: 1938

July 1938. "General store and post office in Little Creek, Delaware. A fishing village." Medium format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

A to Z: 1933

A to Z: 1933

November 1933. Kingsport, Tennessee. "Ola Brooks of Mount Carmel. This girl is placing index tabs, applied with tweezers. A moderate degree of skill is required to get tabs in the right place and in the right position. This girl came to the Kingsport Press directly from a farm and has been working only two months." Another of Lewis Hine's photos for the Tennessee Valley Authority. View full size.

 

Noble Riggers: 1906

Noble Riggers: 1906

Detroit circa 1906. "Belle Isle ferry dock." A good place to pick up a yacht sail. The steamer Garland, seen earlier here. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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