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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 • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Fine Groceries: 1905

Fine Groceries: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Exterior of tenement house, E. 40th Street." Our fifth look at this building. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Candy Kitchen: 1908

Candy Kitchen: 1908

Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1908. "View of Monroe Street showing Hotel Pantlind." Not to mention the Candy Kitchen and Ice Cream Parlor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Hat That Talks: 1908

The Hat That Talks: 1908

Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1908. "Monroe Street." Your headquarters for chatty chapeaux. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Beer Joint: 1905

Beer Joint: 1905

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1905. "Goebel Brewing Co., bottling works." Our third look at the brewery at Rivard and Maple streets. 8x10 glass neg. View full size.

 

Mt. Tom Railway: 1908

Mt. Tom Railway: 1908

Holyoke, Massachusetts (vicinity), circa 1908. "An elevating car -- Mount Tom Railway." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Pennsylvania Station: 1910

Pennsylvania Station: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Track level, main and exits, concourses, Pennsylvania Station." 8x10 dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

That '70s Video Game: 1978

That '70s Video Game: 1978

Continuing on our theme of the ancient-1970s history of consumer electronics, here's my niece and nephew playing with my Fairchild Channel F video game. According to Wikipedia, it was the first ROM cartridge-based video game console, selling for $170 when released in 1976. It was a color system, despite the appearance of the screen. I'd intended using it with my Advent VideoBeam projection TV, but the Channel F's signal wasn't sufficiently up to snuff sync-wise (or something) to satisfy the VideoBeam. Shortly after this, I got an Atari 2600 that worked with it. I myself never really got heavily into video gaming, other than a brief and mild addiction to Atari's Space Invaders and Breakout. Mainly I was just fascinated by the big, colorful graphics whizzing around on the giant VideoBeam screen. This bounce-flash Kodachrome was considerably underexposed, so I had to boost it quite a bit. Oh, and feel free to grab a chocolate from the Whitman's box. View full size.

 
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