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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Law School Shooter: 1921

Law School Shooter: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Bracklow, G.W.U." Willard Bracklow of the George Washington U. Law School. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Next Slide Please: 1956

Next Slide Please: 1956

What better way to close out our circa-1956 Southern California slide show than with a slide show? This third box of Kodachromes from our summer vacation might look familiar, but don't let that fool you ... View full size.

High Rock: 1903

High Rock: 1903

Circa 1903. "High Rock Observatory near Pen Mar Park, Maryland." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Axis of Power: 1903

Axis of Power: 1903

June 1903. "Pennsylvania Avenue -- Washington, D.C." Landmarks here include the Old Post Office and that big domed building at the end of the street. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Nassau: 1904

Nassau: 1904

Circa 1904. "Gardens of Colonial Hotel and the harbor, Nassau, Bahama Islands." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

On the Mend: 1917

On the Mend: 1917

New York, May 1917. "St. Luke's Hospital men's ward." One of the Actors Fair partygoers, perhaps. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Proto Zamboni: 1917

Proto Zamboni: 1917

New York, 1917. "Dorothy Klewer." ("The noted California beauty who is the rage of New York," in case you were wondering.) Bain News Service. View full size.

 
 
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