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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Hanging Out: 1922

Hanging Out: 1922

July 1922. Washington, D.C. "Kallipolis Grotto, Potomac bathing beach." The Grotto being one of Washington's many Masonic lodges. A big cigar, a bottle of pop, and Thou. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Muncie Wheel & Jobbing: 1908

Muncie Wheel & Jobbing: 1908

October 1908. Muncie, Indiana. "Noon hour. Muncie Wheel & Jobbing Co. Most of the boys were gone home to dinner." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

The Farm: 1905

The Farm: 1905

Toledo, Ohio, ca. 1905. "The Farm." Which may be reached by streetcar, horse or one of the newer self-propelled conveyances. Detroit Publishing. View full size.

 

Prices Cut to the Bone: 1909

Prices Cut to the Bone: 1909

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1909. "Summit Street." Our second glimpse along this bustling retail corridor, home to the Taft Dental Parlors, Baltimore Lunch, Kugler's, Stein's and Mockett's. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Last Rose of Summer: 1921

Last Rose of Summer: 1921

New York, 1921. "Victor record display, New York Band Instrument Co. window." Over two dozen Nippers here by my count, as well as some handsome Victrolas in the kind of place that was the Apple Store of its day. View full size.

 

Bustling Detroit: 1915

Bustling Detroit: 1915

Detroit circa 1915. "Woodward Avenue and Campus Martius." Among the Motown landmarks in this panorama of two 8x10 glass negatives are the Hotel Pontchartrain, Soldiers' & Sailors' Monument, Ford Building, Detroit City Hall and Dime Savings Bank. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A Fast Crowd: 1914

A Fast Crowd: 1914

Washington, D.C., 1914. "Boy Scouts -- field sports." Our second look at these kids. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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