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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 • KEEP CLEAN WPA POSTER, 1939

Daytona Beach: 1910

Daytona Beach: 1910

Daytona Beach, Florida, circa 1910. "South Ridgewood Avenue." Over the past century, the trees have thinned and the traffic has thickened. View full size.

 

Old-School Tree: 1962

Old-School Tree: 1962

Old-school and old-old-school decorations on our traditional old-school tree. We always called these Scotch firs, but it looks more like the Noble firs I've seen online. We liked them because they had plenty of open space to let the ornaments show unhindered. The oldest one is the frosted pine cone face toward the bottom; it still has some wax blobs from early 20th Century tree candles on it. The hot-air balloon was always one of my favorites. The blue one at the center top is from our "new" c.1960 set. The plastic church was glitter-enhanced by me personally. A couple years later, all the 1940s-era light strings sacrificed their lives to illuminate my castle diorama in the basement. You can see me reflected in the ornament at lower left, along with the bright spot on the ceiling from the bounce flash I used to light this Kodachrome. View full size.

C.U.: 1910

C.U.: 1910

New York circa 1910. "The campus, Columbia University." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mexican Mustang: 1905

Mexican Mustang: 1905

Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1905. "Gay Street looking north from Clinch Avenue." Featuring the Mayor of Gay Street, and sponsored by Mexican Mustang Liniment. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

On the Links: 1901

On the Links: 1901

Bretton Woods, New Hampshire, circa 1901. "Golf at Mount Pleasant House, White Mountains." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

American Idyll: 1910

American Idyll: 1910

Kittery, Maine, circa 1910. "Government Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Up and About: 1918

Up and About: 1918

New York. June 17, 1918. "Stokes stretcher on Comfort." Continuing our tour of the facilities aboard the World War I hospital ship. View full size.

 
 
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