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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

Mixed Message: 1917

Mixed Message: 1917

New York, 1917. "Actors' Fund Fair." Break a leg, if it doesn't get shot off first. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Base-ball To-day: 1906

Base-ball To-day: 1906

The Jersey Shore circa 1906. "On the beach, Atlantic City." Note the DEFOREST WIRELESS station on the pier. Who wants ice cream? View full size.

 

Madison and State: 1907

Madison and State: 1907

Chicago circa 1907. "Madison and State streets." Merchants trading on this corner include Carson Pirie Scott and Mandel Bros.; also note the Montgomery Ward delivery wagons. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Cheyenne Joe's: 1903

Cheyenne Joe's: 1903

New York circa 1903. "Coney Island -- the Bowery." Decisions, decisions. Wacke's Trocadero or Cheyenne Joe's? Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

William G. Mather: 1905

William G. Mather: 1905

October 1905. Ecorse, Michigan. "S.S. William G. Mather -- stern view before launch." Our second look at this freighter on the ways at Great Lakes Engineering Works. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dynasty: 1956

Dynasty: 1956

Southern California circa 1956. Some of our picnickers are back for a multi-generational, ensemble-coordinated portrait on the couch. View full size.

Photo Op: 1921

Photo Op: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Harding Cabinet group." Warren Harding, Vice President Calvin Coolidge and members of the new president's Cabinet at the White House. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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