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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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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • EGYPT FOR WINTER SUNSHINE, 1937

Kitchen Patrol: 1957

Kitchen Patrol: 1957

Chicago circa 1957, and it looks like somebody's getting written up for Kitchen Clutter. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

A Greater Gardner: 1922

A Greater Gardner: 1922

        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.

 

Hotel Chamberlin: 1905

Hotel Chamberlin: 1905

        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.

 

The Continental: 1947

The Continental: 1947

August 6, 1947. "Continental Hotel, Chicago." 45-story tower completed in 1929; the onion dome encloses a spiral staircase leading to a small observatory. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Hitting the Sauce: 1958

Hitting the Sauce: 1958

Oakland circa 1958. "Collision with truck." Oldsmobile meets Hunt's Tomato Sauce. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Cultural Oasis: 1905

Cultural Oasis: 1905

The Motor City circa 1905. "Detroit Opera House and Palmer Fountain." Also called the Merrill Fountain. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Drop-In Guest: 1958

Drop-In Guest: 1958

Oakland circa 1958, and yet another motoring mishap. The clipboard reads CECIL PRICE, OPD. 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 
 
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