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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 • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Carnegie Steel: 1905

Carnegie Steel: 1905

Circa 1905. "Carnegie Steel Plant, Homestead, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Do Not Pass GO: 1922

Do Not Pass GO: 1922

        UPDATE: "Traffic court -- George H. Scriven, Otto G. Hauschild." A tighter shot of this scene, also captured by National Photo Co.

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Automobile accident recreation with miniature cars." Go Directly to Jail! Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Fine Liquors: 1941

Fine Liquors: 1941

September 1941. "Main street of old mining town. Leadville, Colorado." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Meet the Mutzes: 1943

Meet the Mutzes: 1943

February 1943. "Moreno Valley, Colfax County, New Mexico. Dinnertime on George Mutz's ranch." Our fourth visit with various members of the Mutz family. Photo by John Collier for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Gloria Swanson: 1924

Gloria Swanson: 1924

Sept. 4, 1924. The future Norma Desmond shipboard in New York. Now where'd we put our close-up lens? Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

EH in Love: 1923

EH in Love: 1923

Washington, D.C. "Flood, April 30, 1923." Also some 91-year-old graffiti: "EH L TD." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Scollay Square: 1905

Scollay Square: 1905

Boston circa 1905. "Scollay Square Station." Drug store sodas 5 cents -- "None Better." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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