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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • BRITISH COLUMBIA, c. 1947

Kiwi Bikers: 1920

Kiwi Bikers: 1920

New Zealand circa 1920. "Young men on motorcycles, probably Wanganui region." Ready to run some errands, and you'd better not get in the way. Or else they might be late. Tesla Studios glass negative. View full size.

 

Tenement Beautiful: 1921

Tenement Beautiful: 1921

        Before Urban Renewal, there was the Hyacinth Window Box.

March 1921. "City Gardens Club of New York exhibit at the International Flower Show, Grand Central Palace." From the Home Improvement issue of Better Hovels & Gardens. Gelatin silver print by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

The Grayhouse: 1907

The Grayhouse: 1907

Detroit circa 1907. "Horticultural Building, Belle Isle Park." Check out their latest Vine. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A Series of Tubes: 1923

A Series of Tubes: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Herbert Hoover Jr. radio set." Seen here yesterday with the son of the future president. View full size.

 

Warming Up: 1923

Warming Up: 1923

        UPDATE: For a better view of the equipment click here.

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Herbert Hoover Jr. and radio set." Son of the future president and a noted ham. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Top Shelf: 1942

Top Shelf: 1942

May 1942. "Greenbelt, Maryland. Federal housing project. Shopping in the cooperative grocery store." Hunting for that last can of Spam. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Navy Nets Noir: 1942

Navy Nets Noir: 1942

July 1942. "U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Basketball player." One of almost 200 Office of War Information pictures of Naval Academy scenes taken by a photographer identified only as "Lieutenant Whitman." View full size.

 
 
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