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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 • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Market Street: 1910

Market Street: 1910

Philadelphia City Hall ca. 1910. "Market St. west from 12th." An embarrassment of riches for you signage buffs. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Automobile Storage Warehouse: 1924

Automobile Storage Warehouse: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Union Garage." The Union Building on G Street, first seen here three years ago. Peripheral points of interest include laundry sorting and 30-cent haircuts. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Who Are You: 1921

Who Are You: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Edwards boy." Shorpy fans will recognize here our equivalent of Judge Crater, Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Earhart all rolled into one: An abiding mystery impervious to the curiosity of the multitude. Who was the Edwards boy? We don't know. And what is he doing here? View full size.

 

Downward Spiral: 1928

Downward Spiral: 1928

Montgomery County, Maryland, circa 1928. "Glen Echo Amusement Co." The Coaster Dips roller coaster at Glen Echo Park outside Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Wissahickoning: 1906

Wissahickoning: 1906

Philadelphia circa 1906. "Hermit Lane Bridge on the Wissahickon." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Nuisances Prohibited: 1903

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Nuisances Prohibited: 1903

Long Island circa 1903. "The Bowery -- Rockaway, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Austin Statesman: 1913

Austin Statesman: 1913

October 1913. Austin, Texas. "Sunday morning. Paul Luna, 9-year-old newsie who is up at 4 a.m. Sundays." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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