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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 • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Tykes n Bikes: 1910

Tykes n Bikes: 1910

Continuing our Sunshine State sojourn circa 1910: "Entrance to Riverside Park, Jacksonville, Florida." Detail of 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Halcyon Hotel: 1912

Halcyon Hotel: 1912

January 29, 1912. "Halcyon Hotel, 12th Street and Avenue B, Miami, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Laura and Ashley: 1910

Laura and Ashley: 1910

Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. "Residences, corner Laura and Ashley Streets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Baron's Cocktails: 1958

Baron's Cocktails: 1958

Somewhere in San Francisco circa 1958. The film is Anscochrome and the colors are well preserved. Note the Billy Graham Crusade Headquarters on the second floor! View full size.

Fancy Digs: 1904

Fancy Digs: 1904

New York circa 1904. "Ansonia Apartments." This Beaux-Arts wedding cake, which still stands at Broadway and West 73rd Street, was last glimpsed here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Corps de Ballet: 1912

Corps de Ballet: 1912

"Photos taken during noon hour, October 23rd, 1912, at the Loray Mills, Gastonia, N.C. They said they were working and went in to work. At night I counted over thirty children coming out when the whistle blew, and they seemed to be from ten to twelve years old. The Superintendent was much disturbed over the photos." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Off the Rails: 1862

Off the Rails: 1862

March 1862. "Manassas, Va. Orange & Alexandria Railroad wrecked by retreating Confederates." Wet plate glass negative by George N. Barnard. View full size.

 
 
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