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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

Reese's Pieces: 1924

Reese's Pieces: 1924

April 1924. Washington, D.C. "Miss Reese." No first name given, but Miss Reese seems to be a minimalist. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Hasell Street: 1902

Hasell Street: 1902

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1902. "Residences on Hasell Street." WHJ's Street View cam, a few yards upstream from this earlier view. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Pennsylvania Avenue: 1902

Pennsylvania Avenue: 1902

"Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, 1902." Landmarks in this view from the Treasury steps at 15th Street include the Capitol and Old Post Office. On the bill at Chase's Polite Vaudeville: Capt. Woodward's trained seals. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Magic Kingdom: 1902

Magic Kingdom: 1902

"Tampa Bay Hotel, Florida, 1902." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Here, a Deer: 1938

Here, a Deer: 1938

January 20, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Sen. [illegible], Theodore Vachon, Rufus Putney, Sen. H. Styles Bridges of New Hampshire. Senator Bridges presented with deer." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Wonder Women: 1942

Wonder Women: 1942

August 1942. "Formerly a sociology major at the University of Southern California, Mrs. Eloise J. Ellis (left) now "keeps 'em flyin'" at the Naval Air Base, Corpus Christi, Texas. She is a supervisor under civil service in the Assembly and Repair Department. It is her job to maintain morale among the women by helping them solve housing and other personal problems. With her is Jo Ann Whittington, an NYA trainee at the plant." Large format Kodachrome transparency by Howard Hollem for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

M.A. Leese: 1926

M.A. Leese: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "M.A. Leese Optician, 9th Street store." Other businesses represented in this mold-spotted street view include a pool hall, Venice Italian American Restaurant, Pressler Bros. haberdashery and Barker "Original System" Bakery. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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