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.
Vintage photos of:
September 1942. "Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Sergeant George Camblair learning how to use a gas mask in a practice smokescreen." Sgt. Camblair in one of his scarier manifestations. (He could have used the mask back when he was peeling onions.) Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.
Phoenix in 1953. "Photographs show teenagers, mostly male, participating in the Maricopa County, Arizona, programs for teenage delinquent drivers. Includes boys working at Juvenile Farm; teens attending Attitude School; policeman with boys and their hot rods; teens driving on Phoenix streets." Photo by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "How to Tame Teenage Drivers." View full size.
New York circa 1955. The Max Hoffman car showroom, with its motorized turntable, at 430 Park Avenue and 56th Street. Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and recently demolished. Photo by Ezra Stoller. View full size.