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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 • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Franco-American: 1913

Franco-American: 1913

July 14, 1913. "French fete." Bastille Day in New York 101 years ago, where the Continental lunch menu included Frankfurters, Clam Chowder, "All Kinds of Sandwiches" and Ice Cold Milk. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Hammerjacks: 1905

Hammerjacks: 1905

Vermont circa 1905. "Steam drills, Rutland R.R." Ppppplease pppppardon the nnnnoise. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Log Chapel: 1864

Log Chapel: 1864

November 1864. "Church built by the 50th Engineers at Poplar Grove, near Petersburg, Virginia." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Fire Wire: 1922

Fire Wire: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "No. 12 Engine Company." Note the paper tape reels used for recording location information from "Gamewell boxes," the automatic-telegraph system used by municipal fire alarms. View full size.

 

That's Entertainment: 1927

That's Entertainment: 1927

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1927. "Auto campers." One day, kid, your car will have a built-in phonograph. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Home Office: 1938

Home Office: 1938

1938. "Smith Furnace, office, Lincoln County, North Carolina." A relic of the charcoal-iron industry, with its forges and furnaces, that grew up in the years after the Revolutionary War. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Hobnobby Lobby: 1953

Hobnobby Lobby: 1953

Sept. 23, 1953. "Stevensville Hotel, Liberty, New York. General view. Herbert Phillips, client." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 
 
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