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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

Photo Op: 1921

Photo Op: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Harding Cabinet group." Warren Harding, Vice President Calvin Coolidge and members of the new president's Cabinet at the White House. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Teasing: 1905

Teasing: 1905

Atlantic City circa 1905. "Teasing." One of a series of Detroit Publishing glass negatives featuring these bathing beauties. View full size.

 

Low Speed Rail: 1903

Low Speed Rail: 1903

Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1903. "Main Street streetcar." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Florida Times-Union: 1904

Florida Times-Union: 1904

Florida circa 1904. "Jacksonville and St. Johns River." Plus the headquarters of the Florida Times-Union newspaper and much transportation-related signage. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Texting: 1917

Texting: 1917

New York, August 1917. "Wireless instruction -- Pratt Institute." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Cat Sandwich: 1984

Cat Sandwich: 1984

January 21, 1984. Our cat is in her favorite place, Father having provided himself with a protective covering using the Sunday papers. The day before was his 82nd birthday, and everybody - the whole family plus grandkids - have gathered this Saturday for the celebration and traditional Big Deal Dinner in the dining room. Other photos in this set show that Mother has made a prime rib with pan-roasted potatoes.

She was originally my brother's cat; we adopted her some 14 or so years earlier when he got a teaching job in Spain. He'd named her "Radio Mary Fubash." My folks wisely chose to call her "Kitty." Outside, when not doing typical cat things like lurking in the bushes, she'd follow Father around all over as he worked in the yard or just relaxed. I think that some dog DNA must have somehow sneaked into her ancestry. I shot this on 35mm Kodacolor 100. View full size.

The Barefoot Baroness: 1909

The Barefoot Baroness: 1909

New York circa 1909. "Lady Richardson." The British dancer and writer Constance Stewart-Richardson (1883–1932), author of "Dancing, Beauty and Games." 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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