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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

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.

 

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.

 
 
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