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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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Bird's Eye Baltimore: 1906

Bird's Eye Baltimore: 1906

Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1906. "Looking up North Charles Street from Washington Monument." At right, the massive Hotel Belvedere. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Early Riser: 1918

Early Riser: 1918

New York, 1918. "Lewisohn Building, 119 W. 40th Street. Maynicke & Franke, architects." Dwarfed by its newer neighbors 101 years after its completion, this 22-story, 325-foot tower still stands. Irving Underhill photo. View full size.

 

Gaslight Alley: 1920

Gaslight Alley: 1920

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1920. "Street scene with horse and wagon." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Catskills Modern: 1953

Catskills Modern: 1953

September 23, 1953. "Stevensville Hotel, Liberty, New York. View to dining room. Herbert Phillips, client." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Free Lancers: 1898

Free Lancers: 1898

1898. "U.S.S. Free Lance -- officers and crew." This patrol vessel, a converted steam yacht, was loaned to the Navy for service in the Spanish-American War. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Poinciana Palms: 1902

Poinciana Palms: 1902

Palm Beach in 1902. "Royal Poinciana Hotel, entrance." 8x10 glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

American Locomotive: 1943

American Locomotive: 1943

January 1943. "New M-4 tanks, which will soon be hurling their might against the Axis, in the Schenectady, New York, plant of the American Locomotive Company." Photo by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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