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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 • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

The Christmas Kid: 1958

The Christmas Kid: 1958

Christmas 1958 somewhere in Pennsylvania. The young man we last glimpsed dressed up for Halloween, seen here in our fifth slide from a batch of 35mm Kodachromes found on eBay. I am imagining carols on the hi-fi, grandparents in the next room and delicious aromas wafting in from the kitchen. View full size.

Motorcycle Cop: 1924

Motorcycle Cop: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Roache #5." At the Library of Congress. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Game On: 1924

Game On: 1924

October 25, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Earl Goodwin, Georgetown-Bucknell." The Bisons spanked the Hilltoppers 14-6. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Vettes Galore: 1969

Vettes Galore: 1969

A shot of serendipity at the parking lot, base of the Palm Springs Aerial Tram, March 1969. Has the view of the desert below changed much today? Love the spunk of the guy with the older Corvette, half of the rear fiberglass clip missing. View full size.

Interstate Building: 1921

Interstate Building: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Interstate Building, F Street N.W." Sharing the sidewalk with the Young Men's Shop, Losekam's Cafe and a smattering of spectral pedestrians. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Toledo Vacuum: 1910

Toledo Vacuum: 1910

Toledo circa 1910. "Madison Avenue and the Ohio Building." Personal favorite among the many businesses represented here: window for the Toledo Vacuum Cleaner Co. ("THE VACUUM CLEANING MACHINE FOR PRIVATE RESIDENCES"). 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Cafe Society: 1941

Cafe Society: 1941

December 1941. "Hot Shoppe restaurant. Washington, D.C." A smoking Hot Shoppe. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Collier. View full size.

 
 
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