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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Old New Orleans: 1910

Old New Orleans: 1910

Circa 1910. "New Orleans and the Mississippi River from Grunewald." A bird's eye view of Canal Street from the Grunewald Hotel. Merchants here include Godchaux's music store as well as the big Godchaux's department store farther down the street, D.H. Holmes Co., B. Cohn Dry Goods, Marks Isaacs Co. and a One-Cent Vaudeville theater. And if all this shopping has made you thirsty: Drink Chattanooga Beer. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

My Party Dress: 1939

My Party Dress: 1939

February 1939. "Child of white migrant worker ironing in tent camp near Harlingen, Texas." 35mm negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

 

Play Date: 1905

Play Date: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "Children's playground at Belle Isle Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Market Street: 1904

Market Street: 1904

Philadelphia circa 1904. "Market Street from Eighth." City Hall's clock tower at the end of the street. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Midway Furniture: 1936

Midway Furniture: 1936

December 1936. "Secondhand store in Council Bluffs, Iowa." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Provincetown Summer: 1937

Provincetown Summer: 1937

Summer 1937. "Street scene -- Provincetown, Massachusetts." And a reminder to "Don't write -- Telegraph!" 35mm negative by Edwin Rosskam. View full size.

 

Western Mattress: 1939

Western Mattress: 1939

November 1939. "Trucks loaded with mattresses at San Angelo, Texas. These mattress factories use much local cotton." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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