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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Grande Stand: 1946

Grande Stand: 1946

New York, 1946. "Garcia Grande newsstand." With the freshest issues of FLIP, NIFTY and LAFF. 4x5 acetate negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

Sign Here: 1924

Sign Here: 1924

        UPDATE: This is the Croatian-American "world walker" Joseph (Josip) Frank Mikulec. More here and here. And here.

August 6, 1924. "Joseph Frank [illegible] at White House with album for autographs." His pencil, however, was not allowed in. View full size.

 

A Close Call: 1920

A Close Call: 1920

No caption survives for this view of a circa 1920 Maxwell, but we would guess it had something to do with the car's excellent brakes, or maybe its triple-strength spring-steel bumper. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Southern Gothic: 1906

Southern Gothic: 1906

1906. "Post Office -- Montgomery, Alabama." Municipal Dungeon (Basement Level) open daily 9 to 3. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Church of Meteorology: 1936

Church of Meteorology: 1936

July 1936. "Going to church to pray for rain. Grassy Butte, North Dakota." Medium format negative by the peripatetic Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

 

Fancy Groceries: 1936

Fancy Groceries: 1936

December 1936. "Scene along Bathgate Avenue in the Bronx, a section from which many of the New Jersey homesteaders have come." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration, which used these pictures as examples of the supposed squalor from which it was rescuing its clients -- second-generation Jewish immigrant families -- by relocating them to the suburbs. View full size.

 

Smooth Sailing: 1936

Smooth Sailing: 1936

April 8, 1936. "Pontiac convertible at Spreckels Lake, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco." A model family's model boats. 8x10 acetate negative. View full size.

 
 
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