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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Saratoga: 1915

Saratoga: 1915

Saratoga Springs, New York, circa 1915. "Broadway at the United States Hotel." Looking more than a little like one of those idealized Disney "Main Streets." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Yellow Ooze of Texas: 1943

The Yellow Ooze of Texas: 1943

May 1943. "Melted sulfur from the wells pouring into relay station. Freeport Sulphur Co., Hoskins Mound, Texas." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

S.S. Olympic: 1911

S.S. Olympic: 1911

New York. June 21, 1911. "White Star liner S.S. Olympic guided in by tugboats Geo. K. Kirkham and Downer." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Money Machine: 1920

Money Machine: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Post Office money order machine." A sort of typewriter-cash register hybrid. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Apple Story: 1925

Apple Story: 1925

April 25, 1925. "Apple Blossom Festival at Winchester, Virginia." Our second glimpse at these curious goings-on. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Time and Tide: 1920

Time and Tide: 1920

The Jersey Shore circa 1920. "Atlantic City bathers and Steel Pier." 5x7 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Humpty Dumpty Cake: 1958

Humpty Dumpty Cake: 1958

March 1958, my older brother's second birthday. Octopus (no: I'm emending this to Humpty Dumpty) cake, with cousins surrounding. Folksy decor. Is the folksiness peculiar to my parents, who were international folk dancers? Or was it generally popular in that era? Bow ties. Kodachrome, taken on Minolta A range-finder. I've also posted a picture from his birthday a year earlier. View full size.

 
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