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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Port O Call: 1940

Port O Call: 1940

August 1940. "Souvenir shop, Provincetown, Massachusetts." 35mm negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Focus on Father: 1976

Focus on Father: 1976

My father - here about to turn 75 - browses the tool and garden section of a Montgomery Ward sales catalog in the living room of our Larkspur, California home. We were regular Wards customers, for both in-store purchases and catalog orders. Several editions of their complete catalog were always to be seen on bottom shelf of the pink enamel cart in the Salmon Kitchen™, conveniently located for my mother's perusal. She was of the generation that still occasionally referred to it as a "wish book," although that term most often meant the Sears catalog. Non-union Sears, however, was off-limits to us as Father, a member of the Retail Clerks International Union, was loath to be seen entering one of their stores. In the background, my record collection. Some sharp-eyed Shorpy detectives might be able to identify the chap pictured on the one on the middle shelf, but extra points for pinpointing the album. Note, though, that there's something of a forensic complication. Kodachrome slide, shot with bounce flash.

New Beach: 1940

New Beach: 1940

August 1940. Provincetown, Massachusetts. "Beach scene at New Beach, the most popular beach near Provincetown. Regular bus service makes this beach easily available; lack of bath houses causes a great deal of picturesque dressing and undressing in and behind parked cars." 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

River Cruise: 1906

River Cruise: 1906

Circa 1906. "Steamer New York on the Hudson. Boat landing at Kingston Point." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

On Broadway: 1906

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On Broadway: 1906

Circa 1906. "Broadway, Kingston, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Winter Roundhouse: 1942

Winter Roundhouse: 1942

December 1942. "Proviso Yards, Chicago. A Chicago & North Western Railroad roundhouse." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Wired: 1906

Wired: 1906

Circa 1906. "Post Office, Albany, New York," amid the usual cat's cradle of streetcar, telephone and telegraph wires. If the byword of 1960s America was "plastics," half a century earlier it was "copper." View full size.

 
 
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