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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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Streets of San Francisco: 1957

Streets of San Francisco: 1957

        UPDATE: By amazing coincidence, the photographer here (the late father of Shorpy member rsyung) seems to have stumbled upon a shooting location for the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Vertigo," with the same cars lined up along the curb as in a scene from the movie. Scroll down to the comments for details. -- Dave

Taken by my dad in August, 1957. Bay Bridge in the background. I'm sure someone with an intimate knowledge of "The City" and / or Google maps will figure out which street this is. Kodachrome slide, Contax camera. View full size.

Out and About: 1905

Out and About: 1905

Nov. 22, 1905. "Lake Shore Drive, Chicago." A nice day for a carriage ride, and look out for that omnibus. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Balcony Scene: 1954

Balcony Scene: 1954

Aug. 16, 1954. "Stamford (Conn.) Housing Authority. Balcony A4. W.F.R. Ballard, architect." Six-shooter optional. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Illinois Central: 1942

Illinois Central: 1942

November 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Engine taking on coal at an Illinois Central Railroad yard." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Fox News: 1919

Fox News: 1919

News item: "A photograph of the fox and its capture in the 'fox hunt' staged in the Capitol grounds Monday, in which more than a score of persons aided the Capitol police force to run the brown animal in. George M. Green, foreman of the garage of the Adjutant General's office, who was passing the Capitol on a motorcycle, won all the honors when he succeeded in capturing the fox. It was discovered that the fox wore a leather collar, indicating that he is domesticated." (Washington Times, Dec. 23-24, 1919.) National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Gatekeepers: 1900

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The Gatekeepers: 1900

Circa 1900. "Residence near country club. Ann Arbor, Michigan." Our house: a very very very fine house. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Maverick Mystery: 1958

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Maverick Mystery: 1958

        In the aftermath of James Garner's death, a pair of Wisconsin TV producers are hoping to solve the mystery of which Alice in Dairyland was photographed with the Hollywood actor many decades ago ... [Continue reading]

-- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 20, 2014

And Shorpy has the answer: "April 21, 1958. James Garner on the set of the television show Maverick." With co-star Jack Kelly and the Wisconsin "agricultural ambassador" Alice in Dairyland of 1957, Miss Nancy Kay Trewyn (later Prosser). Photo by Maurice Terrell for Look magazine article "TV's Midas Touch," which appeared in the Sept. 16, 1958 issue. View full size.

 
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