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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Gillender Building: 1900

Gillender Building: 1900

New York circa 1900. "Gillender Building." This improbably slender tower at the corner of Nassau and Wall Streets, one of the tallest buildings in the city when it was completed in 1897, met the wrecking ball in 1910. View full size.

 

Dollar Dresses: 1909

Dollar Dresses: 1909

New York circa 1909. "High school graduates wearing dollar dresses." Note plunging neckline, scandalously exposed ankles and elbows. View full size.

 

VSO: 1926

VSO: 1926

New York circa 1926. "Victor Salon Orchestra." To sound sharp, one must first look sharp. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Sibling Sandwich: 1955

Sibling Sandwich: 1955

Arlington, Virginia, in 1955. Squeezed between my sisters. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

The Heart of New York: 1908

The Heart of New York: 1908

Manhattan circa 1908. "The Heart of New York." Landmarks in this panorama of four 8x10 glass plates include Broadway, City Hall Park, the City Hall Post Office, the Singer, Park Row, Home Life Insurance and City Investing buildings and, far left, Manhattan Terminal. Note the observer taking in the scene from the cupola atop the domed New York World building. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Tremont Street: 1923

Tremont Street: 1923

Boston circa 1923. "Tremont Street and the Mall." One of the later entries in the Detroit Publishing catalog. Note the big Chevrolet sign. View full size.

 

Bowl-A-Matic: 1960s

Bowl-A-Matic: 1960s

My grandfather worked for Ace Hardware in the 1950s and '60s. He traveled throughout Indiana and set up store displays. This is one of his store designs. View full size.

 
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