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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

Newsy Parker: 1935

Newsy Parker: 1935

The year: 1935; the place: somewhere in Washington, D.C.; the lady with the Ford: unknown, but notable enough to have been in the Harris & Ewing archive. Maybe someone out there recognizes Great-Grandma. 5x7 glassneg. View full size.

 

The Barber of Poughkeepsie: 1904

The Barber of Poughkeepsie: 1904

1904. "Nelson House, Poughkeepsie, N.Y." Whose resident barber, Louis L. Herles, offers "Hair Cutting, Shampooing, Shaving & __." Note also: "Ladies' Entrance." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

Santa Fe Cathedral: 1943

Santa Fe Cathedral: 1943

March 1943. "Fort Madison, Iowa. Shopton locomotive shops of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Smoke Signal: 1943

Smoke Signal: 1943

March 1943. "Ash Fork, Arizona (vicinity). Passing an eastbound freight on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Winslow and Seligman." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Big Plans: 1924

Big Plans: 1924

August 21, 1924. New York. "C.G. Dawes." Charles G. Dawes, some two months away from being elected Vice President of the United States. His platform: Helping the little man. 5x7 inch glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Prosperous Poughkeepsie: 1906

Prosperous Poughkeepsie: 1906

1906. "Columbus Institute, Poughkeepsie, N.Y." With a tailor, cycle shop, dentist and chewing gum close at hand. Along with whatever it is the Columbus Institute does. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

River in the Raj: 1900s

River in the Raj: 1900s

        UPDATE: The location, supplied by Shorpy commenter Downtown Dave, is Madras Central Railway Station in India.

This uncaptioned 5x7 glass negative from the Detroit Publishing archive looks to be far afield from that company's usual stomping grounds. Where in the world are we? Let the crowdsource geolocation countdown commence! View full size.

 
 
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