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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

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St. Clair Flats, Michigan, circa 1904. "The Old Club." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hawkeye Troop: 1956

Hawkeye Troop: 1956

"Boy Scouts 1956." Our young friend Kermy is holding the flag on the right in this Kodachrome slide found on eBay. View full size.

Dauphin Street: 1906

Dauphin Street: 1906

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "Dauphin Street." Shoes to the right, hats to the left. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Along the Docks: 1906

Along the Docks: 1906

Circa 1906. "Along the docks -- Mobile, Alabama." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Colored Lunch: 1940

Colored Lunch: 1940

June 1940. Washington, D.C. "Entrance to colored drivers' lunchroom at a truck service station on U.S. 1 (New York Avenue)." 35mm nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Chicago Club: 1906

Chicago Club: 1906

Circa 1906. "The Chicago Club, Chicago."A number of spectral pedestrians here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Photographic Section: 1925

Photographic Section: 1925

March 24, 1925. "Lt. L.T. Hunt, U.S.N., with barograph, and Commander W.H. Lee." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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