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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.

 
 
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Stop Bryan-Kern: 1908

Stop Bryan-Kern: 1908

Niagara Falls, New York, in 1908. "Niagara Street." Presided over by a banner advertising the Democratic presidential ticket of William Jennings Bryan and John Kern. Or advising against them if you take the streetcar sign into account. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cozy Inn: 1908

Cozy Inn: 1908

St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1908. "St. George Street." Where ice cream cones and gun-trunk-umbrella-sewing machine repairs are just a few steps apart. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Grand Hotel: 1908

Grand Hotel: 1908

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1908. "Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel." All this needs is some icing and a bride and groom on top. View full size.

 

Every Minute Counts: 1942

Every Minute Counts: 1942

August 1942. "Inspecting thousands of drills each day, women employed by a large Midwest drill and tool company must learn to detect the tiniest flaw in these vital machine accessories. Republic Drill and Tool Co., Chicago." Medium format negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Down to the River: 1923

Down to the River: 1923

May 28, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Potomac Tidal Basin bathing beach." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Galveston: 1905

Galveston: 1905

Circa 1905. "Seawall and beach at Galveston, Texas." 6½ x 8½ inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Jim, Joe and Harry: 1900

Jim, Joe and Harry: 1900

Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1900. "Mississippi River levee from the custom house. Steamboats James Lee, Harry Lee and City St. Joseph." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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