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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 • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Tremont Temple: 1900

Tremont Temple: 1900

Circa 1900. "Tremont Temple, Boston." The Baptist church and auditorium. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Picket Fences: 1903

Picket Fences: 1903

Circa 1903. "A street in Yorktown, Virginia." 8x10 glass negative by none other than William Henry Jackson. Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Rheumatic Liberator: 1900

Rheumatic Liberator: 1900

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1900. "Epworth Memorial Church." The title for this post, continuing today's mini-trend, comes from some barely visible signage. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Scarlet Letter Written Here: 1906

Scarlet Letter Written Here: 1906

Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "Nathaniel Hawthorne house." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bal Masque: 1922

Bal Masque: 1922

June 28, 1922. Washington, D.C., or vicinity. "Ku Klux Klan meeting." 8x10 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Abe Cohen: 1922

Abe Cohen: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Abe Cohen." Probably not Abe himself, but you never know. This is just the kind of malevolent-looking contraption that keeps Stephen King in business. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Doll Hospital: 1928

Doll Hospital: 1928

Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1928. "Washington Sanitarium, children." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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