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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 • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Colonial Hotel: 1910

Colonial Hotel: 1910

Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1910. "Gay Street looking north from Main Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Feet First: 1924

Feet First: 1924

December 24, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Xmas bags distributed by Salvation Army." An addition to the tableau glimpsed here last week. Protruding from the top of each goody bag: A festive spray of chicken feet. View full size.

 

Saratoga: 1908

Saratoga: 1908

Saratoga Springs, New York, circa 1908. "Congress Hall and Broadway." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Feed Shed: 1936

Feed Shed: 1936

April 1936. "Farm boys. Jackson County, Ohio." 35mm nitrate negative by Theodor Jung for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Corcoran: 1921

The Corcoran: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Corcoran Art Gallery." This empty intersection a block from the White House presents a somewhat different appearance today. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Heavy Duty: 1928

Heavy Duty: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Witt-Will Co. truck." The most contemporary manifestation yet of the Washington-assembled motor truck glimpsed earlier here and here. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Christmas Wedding: 1954

Christmas Wedding: 1954

December 12, 1954. A quartet of poinsettia-brandishing bridesmaids share a moment of post-ceremony frivolity at my cousin's wedding reception, held at some ritzy country club on the San Francisco peninsula. I was eight at the time and still have some hazy memory of being in awe of this opulent venue, at the time the fanciest place I'd ever been in. More recently, I was taken aback to read in an article in The San Francisco Chronicle that the use of poinsettias in Christmas decor was now looked down upon by many as, if not merely old school, downright passé. Shows you how much I've been paying attention. My brother shot this 120 620 Kodacolor, taking advantage of the professional photographer's electronic flash by opening the shutter of my sister's Kodak Duaflex moments before the flash fired, thus explaining the candle streak at the right. View full size.

 
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