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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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Mixed Signals: 1939

Mixed Signals: 1939

January 1939. "Railroad tracks, St. Louis, Missouri." 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Big Pennsylvania Hole: 1908

The Big Pennsylvania Hole: 1908

New York circa 1908. "The big Pennsylvania hole." Excavations for Pennsylvania Station. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Ruby: 1915

Ruby: 1915

New York, December 11, 1915. "Mrs. John Charles Thomas." The singer Ruby Rothnour, wife of the noted baritone. In 1923 she got a divorce in Reno. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

The Knickerbocker: 1909

The Knickerbocker: 1909

New York, 1909. "Knickerbocker Hotel, Broadway & 42nd Street." Decked out for the Hudson-Fulton Celebration. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Sun-Catcher: 1906

Sun-Catcher: 1906

Detroit circa 1906. "Detroit Publishing Co., northwest view." Note the greenhouse-style glass to the right employing sunlight for printing and perhaps enlargement, as well as the unusual windows to the left. In the early years of the 20th century, the company was one of the world's biggest producers of color postcards. Panorama made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.

 

The Blacksmiths: 1904

The Blacksmiths: 1904

Despatch, New York, circa 1904. "Blacksmith shop, Merchants' Despatch Transportation Co." Operations of the refrigerated rail freight line in what is now East Rochester. Panorama of two 8x10 glass negatives. View full size.

 

Cooks on Wheels: 1950s

Cooks on Wheels: 1950s

Bill Bliss and his family again, enjoying a little outdoor cooking sometime in the mid-fifties. I'm not sure where this is but I'm guessing somewhere up the Pacific coast. 35mm Anscochrome color slide. Here's another photo of their trip. View full size.

 
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