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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 • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Hotel Pullman: 1900

Hotel Pullman: 1900

Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1900. "The Hotel Pullman." HELP WANTED: Sidewalk jockey with a good head on his shoulders. Not to mention arms. Hands a plus. Apply within. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Monster Truck: 1917

Monster Truck: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Harry Haas -- Jacobs truck." Prehistoric "transportation," complete with irony quotes. National Photo. View full size.

 

Movie Night: 1920

Movie Night: 1920

October 1920. Washington, D.C. "Lust's Regent." Theater impresario Sidney Lust's 18th Street cinema decorated for Halloween with an array of eye-catching movie posters. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Style Show: 1922

Style Show: 1922

June 17, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Group winners at Tidal Basin bathing beach." On the right we have eternal Shorpy sweetheart Iola Swinnerton; the others are interchangeable nonentities who serve only to emphasize her many charms. In the background is the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. View full size.

 

Eye Exam: 1924

Eye Exam: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Examination room, Garfield Hospital." Home to all the latest equipment. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Wheelwright Shop: 1862

Wheelwright Shop: 1862

March 1862. "Washington, District of Columbia. Government repair shops -- wheelwright shop." Annotation from plate: "3/13/62 Mr. Marshall, Shop No 1." Wet plate negative, Library of Congress Civil War Collection. View full size.

 

Mount Airy: 1938

Mount Airy: 1938

1938. "Mount Airy -- St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana." At Mount Airy, they're well fixed in the cistern department. I think they give the place a festive air. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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