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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

Harvard Underground: 1912

Harvard Underground: 1912

Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1912. "Entrance to subway, Harvard Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Nervous and Private Diseases: 1908

Nervous and Private Diseases: 1908

Minneapolis, Minnesota, circa 1908. "Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway station." Really just a glorified waiting room for the practice of Dr. Nelson. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Man of the Woods: 1951

Man of the Woods: 1951

My father, Samuel McJunkin, in 1951 after a forest fire fighting effort in the Cascade mountain range in Washington State. He worked for the Forest Service during the summers to help pay for college. View full size.

How to Make a Mustang: 1942

How to Make a Mustang: 1942

October 1942. Inglewood, California. "Employees at North American Aviation, Incorporated, assembling the cowling on Allison motors for the P-51 'Mustang' fighter planes." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Duz Does It: 1925

Duz Does It: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Ford Motor Co. -- Duz delivery car at St. James Hotel." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Detroiter and Argo: 1915

Detroiter and Argo: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "W.L. Smith agency, Argo cars, 14th Street N.W." Also home, as seen here earlier, to the Square Deal Auto Exchange. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cleaning Pressing Dyeing: 1924

Cleaning Pressing Dyeing: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Palace Laundry (Elite Laundry)." Soft collars, 3¢. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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