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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Phipps Garden: 1940

Phipps Garden: 1940

May 17, 1940. "Phipps Garden Apartments, 5101 39th Avenue, Long Island City, New York. Clarence S. Stein, architect." Hanging with a big girl whose feet touch the ground. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

French Quarter: 1956

French Quarter: 1956

Kodachrome taken by my dad in New Orleans in February 1956. View full size.

The Old Store: 1937

The Old Store: 1937

March 25, 1937. "Close-up of front elevation -- old William Henderson store (Miller's Ferry Post Office), State Road 28, Canton Bend near Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama. Built 1858." The perfect place to start your trip. Photo by Alex Bush for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 

Dance Fever: 1923

Dance Fever: 1923

1923. Washington, D.C. "Marathon dancers." One contestant seen earlier here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Armory: 1906

The Armory: 1906

Circa 1906. "State National Guard Armory, Worcester, Mass." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Castles in the Air: 1933

Castles in the Air: 1933

"1932 or 1933. No caption -- dancers in ballroom." The Shorpy Research Department has determined this to be the Washington Arts Club's annual Bal Boheme, specifically the "Castles in the Air" costume ball held Feb. 6, 1933, at the Willard Hotel. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Flotilla: 1961

Flotilla: 1961

April 1961. "Sunbathing with the latest swimming pool equipment, including a lounge chair with floating beverage holders and game table attachments." From photos by Bob Sandberg for the Look magazine assignment "For Women Only -- Pool Life." Tell your kids about how back in the day people couldn't play cards or smoke in the pool, and all you're likely to get is a blank stare. View full size.

 
 
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