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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

The Powers: 1905

The Powers: 1905

Rochester, New York, circa 1905. "Powers Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Four Babes: 1921

Four Babes: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Salvation Army House girls." Babe Ruth says: "A Home Run for the Salvation Army Home Service Fund means at least a dollar from you and a dollar from me. Let's bat a thousand per cent in this shop right now." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Xmas Bags: 1924

Xmas Bags: 1924

December 24, 1924. "Mrs. Coolidge giving out first Xmas bag for Salvation Army." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Christmas Tree Market: 1903

Christmas Tree Market: 1903

New York circa 1903. "A Christmas tree market, Barclay Street Station." With wagons for the Mammoth Furniture House and Herman Kornahren's Wooden Ware. Previously seen here. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Harsh Druggist: 1940

Harsh Druggist: 1940

November 1940. "Drug store in Seneca, Kansas." In need of a mild laxative? Something to soothe that upset tummy? Sorry, no can do. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Million-Dollar Pier: 1907

Million-Dollar Pier: 1907

Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1907. "Young's Million-Dollar Pier." One of the main attractions of "Captain" John Young's 1,700-foot pier was a deep-sea net haul of fish from the far end. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Queen and Commoner: 1906

Queen and Commoner: 1906

The Ohio River circa 1906. "Coney Island Co. sidewheeler Island Queen at Cincinnati." Let her not blind us to the more modest charms of the Guiding Star. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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