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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 • CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

The Bi-Pass: 1908

The Bi-Pass: 1908

Holyoke, Massachusetts (vicinity), circa 1908. "The Bi-Pass, Mount Tom Railway." Here we see the railway's two "elevating cars," named after Rowland Thomas and Elizur Holyoke. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Flatiron: 1909

Flatiron: 1909

August 1909. "The Flat Iron building, New York." Yet another iteration of everyone's favorite proto-skyscraper. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Club: 1900

The Club: 1900

Huron County, Michigan, circa 1900. "Dining room at the Club, Pointe aux Barques." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Motor Girl: 1909

The Motor Girl: 1909

New York circa 1909. "Hudson Terminal Buildings." At the site of the future World Trade Center, a panorama encompassing the theatrical as well as the architectural. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Grand Rapids Chair: 1908

Grand Rapids Chair: 1908

Circa 1908. "Grand Rapids Chair Co., Grand Rapids, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Up Woodward: 1908

Up Woodward: 1908

Detroit circa 1908. "Up Woodward Avenue from Grand Circus Park." A record number of "moonlight tower" arc lamp standards on view here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Fine Groceries: 1905

Fine Groceries: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Exterior of tenement house, E. 40th Street." Our fifth look at this building. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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