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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

No Swearing Gambling Drinking

No Swearing Gambling Drinking

January 1937. "Children of citrus workers in hallway of apartment house. Winter Haven, Fla." Swearing, Gambling and Drinking, with their little brother Allowed. Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

No Problem: 1939

No Problem: 1939

January 1939. "Small truck farmer from North Carolina. His neck was broken and is in a brace. Near Belle Glade, Florida." And then he found work as a meme. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Live Third Rail: 1910

Live Third Rail: 1910

Detroit circa 1910. "Michigan Central R.R. tunnel." Another in a series of views of the approach to the train tunnel under the Detroit River. Please note: LIVE THIRD RAIL, DO NOT TOUCH. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Streets of San Francisco: 1957

Streets of San Francisco: 1957

        UPDATE: By amazing coincidence, the photographer here (the late father of Shorpy member rsyung) seems to have stumbled upon a shooting location for the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Vertigo," with the same cars lined up along the curb as in a scene from the movie. Scroll down to the comments for details. -- Dave

Taken by my dad in August, 1957. Bay Bridge in the background. I'm sure someone with an intimate knowledge of "The City" and / or Google maps will figure out which street this is. Kodachrome slide, Contax camera. View full size.

Out and About: 1905

Out and About: 1905

Nov. 22, 1905. "Lake Shore Drive, Chicago." A nice day for a carriage ride, and look out for that omnibus. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Balcony Scene: 1954

Balcony Scene: 1954

Aug. 16, 1954. "Stamford (Conn.) Housing Authority. Balcony A4. W.F.R. Ballard, architect." Six-shooter optional. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Illinois Central: 1942

Illinois Central: 1942

November 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Engine taking on coal at an Illinois Central Railroad yard." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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