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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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Over and Up: 1908

Over and Up: 1908

Continuing our tour of Pittsburgh circa 1908. "Pittsburgh & Lake Erie R.R. station and Mount Washington -- Smithfield Street Bridge and Monongahela Incline." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Funny Girl, Colorized: 1922

Funny Girl, Colorized: 1922

I'm too young to remember Fanny Brice, but I was attracted to the photo's elegant composition and the possibilities of light and color. Colorization of the original done in Photoshop using multiple layers and blend modes. View full size.

The Nixon: 1908

The Nixon: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "Nixon Theatre, Sixth Avenue & Cherry Alley." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Pittsburgh Rising: 1908

Pittsburgh Rising: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "A group of skyscrapers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

At Seventeen: 1901

At Seventeen: 1901

Circa 1901. "Pere Marquette transfer boat 17." These steamers were operated on various Great Lakes waterways by the Pere Marquette railroad. View full size.

 

Brooklyn Bridge: 1904

Brooklyn Bridge: 1904

Circa 1904. "Manhattan, East River and Brooklyn Bridge from Brooklyn." Another grayscale view of an evergreen subject. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Filling Station: 1924

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Filling Station: 1924

Washington Post staff photographer Hugh Miller in 1924, clowning with an item that, along with lampposts and mailboxes, used to be common piece of urban street furniture: the sidewalk horse-waterer. National Photo Co. View full size.

 
 
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