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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.

 
 
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The Nixon: 1908

The Nixon: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "Nixon Theatre, Sixth Avenue & Cherry Alley." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Pittsburgh Rising: 1908

Pittsburgh Rising: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "A group of skyscrapers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

At Seventeen: 1901

At Seventeen: 1901

Circa 1901. "Pere Marquette transfer boat 17." These steamers were operated on various Great Lakes waterways by the Pere Marquette railroad. View full size.

 

Brooklyn Bridge: 1904

Brooklyn Bridge: 1904

Circa 1904. "Manhattan, East River and Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn." Another grayscale view of an evergreen subject. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Filling Station: 1924

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Filling Station: 1924

Washington Post staff photographer Hugh Miller in 1924, clowning with an item that, along with lampposts and mailboxes, used to be common piece of urban street furniture: the sidewalk horse-waterer. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Bumper to Bumper: 1920

Bumper to Bumper: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Lanza Motors Co. -- Greenwich Village Girls -- Metz Master Six." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Heading South: 1929

Heading South: 1929

September 18, 1929. "Mr. & Mrs. Lindbergh." Aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, four months after they married, at Bolling Field en route to South America. Charles, the pioneering aviator, was probably the most famous person in America at the time; Anne would become an accomplished aviator in her own right, as well as one of the best-selling writers of the 20th century. Some three years after this picture was taken, the tragedy of their child's murder helped define the modern phenomenon of mass-media super-celebrity. From Anne's February 2001 obituary in the New York Times: "Nothing, not even Lindbergh's 1927 landing in Paris, had prepared them for the carnival of reporters, photographers, con artists, curiosity-seekers, vandals and crazy people who invaded their lives after their baby was kidnapped. Americans would not experience a similar flood of publicity until the O. J. Simpson murder trial of the 1990s." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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