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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

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.

 

Gasoline Alley: 1926

Gasoline Alley: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Semmes Motor Co. -- Rudolph & West Co. truck." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Chickering Hall: 1906

Chickering Hall: 1906

Boston circa 1906. "Chickering Hall, Tremont Street." The grande dame of Piano Row. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Allyn House: 1908

Allyn House: 1908

Circa 1908. "Allyn House, Hartford, Conn." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Restore America: 1939

Restore America: 1939

January 1939. "Sign near Weslaco, Texas." Thinking back to high school civics or Trivial Pursuit, some of us may hazily recall the Townsend Plan's having something to do with old-age pensions and Social Security. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

West Avenue: 1905

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West Avenue: 1905

Newport News, Virginia, circa 1905. "West Avenue residences." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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