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.
Vintage photos of:
The "New and Greater Gardner" numbered, among its 30 Quality Features for 1922, "curled hair filled cushions, aluminum moulding on body, windshield wiper, Willard threaded rubber battery, door-opening curtains, and clear-vision top covered with Chase Dreadnaught double-texture material."
San Francisco circa 1922. "Gardner car at Spreckels Mansion." 5x7 glass negative by the Bay Area automotive impresario Christopher Helin. View full size.
The Chamberlin, a gigantic Queen Anne-style hotel designed by the firm of Smithmeyer and Pelz, architects of the Library of Congress, opened in 1894 and was destroyed by fire in 1920.
1905. "Hotel Chamberlin and government dock, Old Point Comfort, Virginia." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.