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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 • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

End of the Line: 1963

End of the Line: 1963

As a coda to the day's earlier Baltimore transit photos, we present "1963 -- Last streetcars in Balto." Kermy and friend, along with Car 7109, in a pair of off-brand color slides. Who can locate the intersection? View full size.

A Bumper Crop: 1939

A Bumper Crop: 1939

October 1939. "Garden Park, Fremont County, Colorado. Mrs. R.C. Williams, wife of FSA borrower." An obvious connoisseur of corn. Medium-format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Crystal Motors: 1950

Crystal Motors: 1950

Feb. 15, 1950. "Crystal Motors, business at 5901 Bay Parkway, Brooklyn, New York. Exterior I." The Oldsmobile emporium last glimpsed here. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Drudge Report: 1943

Drudge Report: 1943

March 1943. "Rochester, N.Y. Mrs. Babcock doing the family laundry with an electric washing machine and a wringer." All the modern conveniences -- the wringer is motorized. Photo by Ralph Amdursky for the OWI. View full size.

 

Trackless Trolley: 1943

Trackless Trolley: 1943

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Rushing to catch the trackless trolley home from work at 4 p.m." Basically an electric bus. Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Crowded Commute: 1943

Crowded Commute: 1943

April 1943. "Baltimore, Maryland. Students and workers returning home on a trolley at 5 p.m." Please leave by rear door! Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bridge of Sighs: 1903

Bridge of Sighs: 1903

Circa 1903. "Bridge of Sighs, Pittsburgh." Named after the famous span in Venice, it was used to transport prisoners between the Allegheny County Courthouse and the jail. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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