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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Channel Surfing: 1956

Channel Surfing: 1956

Dad is waiting for the Westinghouse to warm up, and the channel selector is set at 7, WXYZ, Detroit. Other choices were 2, WJBK; 4, WWJ and 9, CKLW in Windsor, Ontario, where we lived. The console TV had doors that closed so that it looked like a piece of fine furniture. The TV was turned on for a show, and when that was over it was turned off. If you tuned in too early in the day all you got was the dreaded Test Pattern. A favourite back then was Detroit's own Soupy Sales. The antenna was up in the attic of our two-story home. View full size.

Boardwalk Empire (Colorized): 1910

Boardwalk Empire (Colorized): 1910

Atlantic City, N.J., circa 1910. "Boardwalk, Hotel Marlborough-Blenheim and Young's Million-Dollar Pier."

Dave posted this amazing black-and-white panorama in October. Someone in the comments section suggested that colorizing this photo would be a "Monumental Challenge." I couldn't resist giving it a try. View full size.

Smithfield Street: 1908

Smithfield Street: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "Smithfield Street and the Post Office." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cotton at the Levee: 1910

Cotton at the Levee: 1910

Vicksburg, Mississippi, circa 1910. "Unloading cotton at the levee." Sternwheel packet boat Mary Miller on the right. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Broad Street: 1911

Broad Street: 1911

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1911. "Broad Street looking west." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Breake Farm: 1936

Breake Farm: 1936

Nash County, North Carolina, 1936. "Breake Farm, Taylor's Crossroads." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

A Little Game: 1897

A Little Game: 1897

Circa 1897 aboard the U.S.S. Brooklyn. "Evening amusements. A little game." 8x10 glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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