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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 • CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Corner Office: 1909

Corner Office: 1909

Toledo circa 1909. "Nicholas Building." The tallest in Ohio at the time of its construction, presiding over a lively array of ghostly pedestrians, and a phantom dog. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Woodpile Rat: 1948

Woodpile Rat: 1948

An interesting bit of family history underlies the stack of logs the two-year-old me is plopped before. A few months earlier, these were some of the trunks of several huge acacia trees that shaded the front portion of our yard. A particularly violent winter storm sent them all a-tumbling down, luckily missing the house entirely. We had a tree service clear and cut them; some went into the fireplace and the rest my father used as fill to enlarge this terrace for his cut flower garden. Not the best idea, because twelve years later in another winter storm the rotted remains gave way. In its place, Father erected a nice, sturdy redwood bulkhead. The exact nature of the thing I'm holding has been the subject of speculation; my sister, who took the shot (scanned from the original 120 negative), can't remember its precise origin. There are some suggestive clues in the shapes of the pieces, however.

Safety First: 1925

Safety First: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "C & P Tel. Co." The Chesapeake & Potomac telephone company garage, and a fleet of White trucks with solid rubber tires. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ghost Convention: 1909

Ghost Convention: 1909

June 1909. Toledo, Ohio. "The lobby, Hotel Secor." I cackled with glee upon realizing that this empty-looking time exposure was in fact crowded with spectral hotel guests. Are they still there? 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Hotel Secor Fireproof: 1909

Hotel Secor Fireproof: 1909

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1909. "Hotel Secor, Jefferson Avenue and Superior Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Frank E. Kirby: 1910

Frank E. Kirby: 1910

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1910. Sidewheeler Frank E. Kirby at steamer landing." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Our Darling: 1914

Our Darling: 1914

Washington, D.C. "J.J. Eaglen." A death notice in the May 18, 1914, Washington Post records the passing of one "John A. Eaglen, 3 years, 1000 8th st. nw." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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