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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 NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Yank Tank: 1959

Yank Tank: 1959

In 1958 my father worked for Ford and our family was transferred from Windsor, Ontario, to Geelong and Melbourne, Australia, for five years. Ford Australia cars were mostly British models, such as Zephyrs and Consuls. The Falcon was introduced and it took direct aim at General Motors Holden products. There were a few "Yank Tanks" around, and the 1959 Fairlane 500 would have been in that category. This Kodachrome was taken by my father on what appears to be a tour of Ford dealers, as Coates Motors was located in Bairnsdale, 280 km east of Melbourne. There is a rain deflector on the driver's side window -- Victoria state law still required hand signals. View full size.

Panama Canal: 1915

Panama Canal: 1915

Circa 1915. "North approach, Pedro Miguel Lock, Panama Canal." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Youngstown: 1902

Youngstown: 1902

Circa 1902. "Youngstown, Ohio. Steel mill and Mahoning River." 8x10 inch silver gelatin glass transparency, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Kong Chow Asylum: 1906

Kong Chow Asylum: 1906

"Pine Street below Kearney." Aftermath of the great San Francisco earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Tom Burke: 1920

Tom Burke: 1920

New York circa 1920. "Burke." Covent Garden tenor Tom Burke, a former coal miner dubbed the "Lancashire Caruso." Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Hybrid: 1910

Hybrid: 1910

Circa 1910. "Passenger (observation) locomotive train car of New York Central R.R." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Wax Bullets: 1909

Wax Bullets: 1909

October 23, 1909. New York. "Duelling with wax bullets." Paintball 1.0. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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