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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Keep Off the Grass: 1904

Keep Off the Grass: 1904

New York circa 1904. "Gen. Sherman statue at Fifth Avenue and 59th Street. Hotels Netherland, Savoy and St. Regis." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Main Street: 1906

Main Street: 1906

Circa 1906. "Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts." Bonbons and dance lessons are among the goods and services on offer in this bustling burg. View full size.

 

Homestead Steel Works: 1910

Homestead Steel Works: 1910

Homestead, Pennsylvania, circa 1910. "Homestead Steel Works, Carnegie Steel Co." Lots of interesting details in this humongous panorama made from four 8x10 inch glass negatives. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Yosemite Gathering: 1941

Yosemite Gathering: 1941

Here we see the Bliss family with friends in Yosemite. The year is 1940-41 based on the license plate to the right. The guy in the top row on the right reminds me of Richard from Boardwalk Empire. View full size.

Bull Street: 1901

Bull Street: 1901

Savannah, Georgia, circa 1901. "Bull Street." Glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Chez Alma: 1905

Chez Alma: 1905

Alma, Michigan, circa 1905. "Alma Sanitarium dining room." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

End of the Road: 1966

End of the Road: 1966

If you think this is just a photo of a well-worn old car, you're wrong. It's actually a significant moment in our family's history. June 27, 1966 was the last day for our 1956 Hudson Rambler. Previously, we saw it all shiny and sparkly, mere days after we got it. During the following ten years, it: took my sister to the church for her wedding; took us to graduations, my grade and high school and my brother's college; took us on our first visit to Yosemite, and later our very first camping trips (see our decals?); took my folks to visit their first grandchild; and perhaps most important of all, took me to my first visit to Disneyland.

I decided to record the event in a series of Ektachrome slides. Here, my father is clearing out all our personal items prior to the trip to the dealer to pick up our new car - a 1966 Rambler Classic station wagon. Oh; our trade-in allowance for this one: $50. View full size.

 
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