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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Italian Wedding: The Sequel

Italian Wedding: The Sequel

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Scalco, National Fruit Co." Salvatore Scalco, the groom and company president, was last seen here three years ago. Now posing with the older generation. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Hi Mom: 1949

Hi Mom: 1949

Anchor Insurance Co. in Los Angeles circa 1949. My parents met here -- Mom is on the right just behind the gent in the dark coat. View full size.

Personal Transportation: 1921

Personal Transportation: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Brodt horse." A fine-looking rig, ready for courting or calling. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Plaid Dad: 1952

Plaid Dad: 1952

1952. Our young man is back with Father, making his Internet debut in front of the lens, and the Key Lime Plymouth. 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Catalina Interlude: 1910

Catalina Interlude: 1910

Catalina Island, California, circa 1910. "Avalon Bay Aquarium wharf and beach." 5x7 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Government Street: 1906

Government Street: 1906

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "Government Street." Wrought iron and spectral pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

BRB LOL: 1940

BRB LOL: 1940

June 1940. Washington, D.C. "Direct postal telegraph wire at a truck service station on U.S. 1 (New York Avenue)." So the place was something of an Internet cafe, without the lattes or wifi. 35mm negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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