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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 • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Media Conglomerate: 1907

Media Conglomerate: 1907

New Zealand, 1907. "Wanganui Herald newspaper staff and bicycles, photograph­ed by Frank J. Denton. Newsboys holding copies of The Yeoman and Herald." Note the kid in back on the horse. Tesla Studios glass negative. View full size.

 

Signs and Portents: 1910

Signs and Portents: 1910

Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1910. "Main Street." Home to a number of intriguing juxtapositions. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Street View: 1920

Street View: 1920

1920. "Barrett Co., Alexandria, Virginia." Thrilling sequel (prequel?) to this photo relating to the activities of the Barrett paving operation. View full size.

 

4 Seconds Fast: 1943

4 Seconds Fast: 1943

March 1943. More Marceline, Missouri. "A dispatcher at work in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad offices." This fellow would seem to be sensitive to glare. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Now Hear This: 1922

Now Hear This: 1922

1922. Washington, D.C. "Radio at District jail." Programming for a captive audience. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Meeting Street: 1911

Meeting Street: 1911

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1911. "Meeting Street from St. Michael's Church." Our second installment of this multi-part panorama, with a nice view of the Fireproof Building and its Doric portico. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Mission Control: 1943

Mission Control: 1943

March 1943. "Marceline, Missouri. A dispatcher at work in the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad offices." We could use one of those desks at Shorpy Central. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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