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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Humpty Dumpty Cake: 1958

Humpty Dumpty Cake: 1958

March 1958, my older brother's second birthday. Octopus (no: I'm emending this to Humpty Dumpty) cake, with cousins surrounding. Folksy decor. Is the folksiness peculiar to my parents, who were international folk dancers? Or was it generally popular in that era? Bow ties. Kodachrome, taken on Minolta A range-finder. I've also posted a picture from his birthday a year earlier. View full size.

Tampa Pier: 1890s

Tampa Pier: 1890s

Florida circa 1890s. "Tampa Pier." A house on the water. 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Confession: 1920

Confession: 1920

Los Angeles circa 1920. "Fifth Street and Spanish-American War monument in Pershing Square." Now playing at Clune's Auditorium Theatre: Henry Walthall in "Confession." Also note the "Pasadena Trip" touring car. View full size.

 

Horsecar Opera: 1890

Horsecar Opera: 1890

New Orleans circa 1890. "The Clay Monument, Canal Street." Fascinating details abound in this scene captured by William Henry Jackson: The 1-horsepower horsecar, the ancient carbon-arc lamp suspended from a complicated-looking boom, and much signage. Personal favorites: WIG MANUFACTORY, and logo of the ETV&G (East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia) Railway. View full size.

 

Wash Ave.: 1906

Wash Ave.: 1906

Newport News, Virginia, circa 1906. "Washington Avenue." Points of interest include bills advertising Morris Bros. "up-to-date hatters," a nice carbon arc lamp and the No. 43 streetcar. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

New Garden Pier: 1920

New Garden Pier: 1920

The Jersey Shore circa 1920. "Atlantic City Boardwalk and New Garden Pier." An apt seaside metaphor might be the billboard as a sort of terrestrial barnacle, encrusting every available surface with ads for yarn, hair nets, cough drops and typewriters. 5x7 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Red Delicious: 1925

Red Delicious: 1925

April 25, 1925. "Apple Blossom Festival, Winchester, Virginia." A freshly picked bevy of beauties. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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