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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Fate's Fickle Finger: 1944

Fate's Fickle Finger: 1944

New York, 1944. "Pawnbroker and prospective customer." I imagine the idea here was to convey the wholesome, cheery atmosphere of the typical pawn shop. Our second photo by Tony Linck. 4x5 Agfa acetate negative. View full size.

 

Homeland: 1940s

Homeland: 1940s

        UPDATE: The photographer is Tony Linck, whose work appeared in Life magazine. The location is probably around Utica, New York.

From somewhere in New England in the 1940s comes this uncaptioned 4x5 Agfa negative of three happy guys and their Ford truck. View full size.

 

Hauling Ice: 1934

Hauling Ice: 1934

San Francisco. "1934 Federal truck, City Ice Delivery Co." A business that was melting away. 5x7 film negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

In Hot Water: 1910

In Hot Water: 1910

San Francisco circa 1910. "W.W. Montague & Co. plumber with water heater and bathtub." 3x4 nitrate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Bright Eyes: 1916

Bright Eyes: 1916

1916. "Dolly sister with Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph." One of the Dolly Sisters (Rose and Jenny), twin vaudeville stars from Budapest who made it big in America. 5x7 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Scout Kar: 1918

Scout Kar: 1918

        America's first camouflaged automobile has been let loose, and is now on the war path. The inhabitants of the Pacific Coast from Seattle to San Diego swear they are "seeing things." A sheriff who has a record for pinching speeders is out after the camoufleurs who committed "camouflage" to prove that America's automobiles are as chameleon-like while on the war path as those in Europe.

-- Oakland Tribune, Oct. 28, 1917

        W.L. Hughson, of KisselKar fame upon the Pacific Coast, has donated the famous Kissel military scout car, recently used to blaze the "three nation run," to the government department having the new operations of "camouflage" in its charge. A committee of three prominent San Francisco artists will paint this car with color patches, which suggests nothing except the surrounding earth, trees, grain fields, sky, etc., making an exact fac-simile of the cars now being used by the allies along the various war fronts

-- Motor West, Oct. 15, 1917

"Kissel Military Highway Scout Kar." From somewhere in the woodsy Pacific Northwest comes the "Scout Kar" last seen here, with 1918 Washington State dealer plates. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Civil War Veterans: 1913

Civil War Veterans: 1913

July 1913. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. "Gettysburg reunion: G.A.R. & U.C.V. veterans at the encampment." Some of the 53,000 Civil War veterans, members of either the Grand Army of the Republic (Union troops) or the United Confederate Veterans, who reunited at Gettysburg on the 50th anniversary of the battle there. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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