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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Hollywood Residential: 1938

Hollywood Residential: 1938

1938. "Hollywood. Caldwell vicinity, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Structure dates to 1800; original owner Robert Davidson." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Majestic Lunch: 1909

Majestic Lunch: 1909

1909. "Majestic Building from Detroit Opera House." With "ServSelf Lunch in Basement." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Candid Camera: 1920

Candid Camera: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Mary Claphet, Irene & Ella Sherer, Mary Facenire." Transcribed with a "[?]" after each somewhat illegible name. Yes, ladies, you are on the INTERNETS. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Fire-Eater: 1942

Fire-Eater: 1942

December 1942. Chicago, Illinois. "Working on a giant locomotive, one of the '400s,' in the Chicago & North Western Railroad shops." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Butch & Sally: 1952

Butch & Sally: 1952

"Butch & Sally. Feb. 13, 1952." Introducing a new series of Kodachromes that Shorpy found on eBay, taken by a family somewhere in Minnesota. Sally the Dalmatian is in a lot of these slides; Butch the boy, not so much. View full size.

Ghost Concourse: 1910

Ghost Concourse: 1910

Circa 1910. "Train concourse, Union Station, Washington, D.C." Time exposure capturing hundreds of ephemeral footfalls. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

New Boody: 1909

New Boody: 1909

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1909. "Madison Avenue." Fast-forward a few years from our previous view of downtown Toledo and we now have automobiles and a "New Boody." Which if you ask us looks very much like the Old Boody. View full size.

 
 
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