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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.

 
 
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Hotel Astor: 1909

Hotel Astor: 1909

New York, 1909. "Hotel Astor, Times Square." Points of interest include the galleon lodged in the hotel facade, as well as a sign on the building next door advertising the fifth Vanderbilt Cup auto race. View full size.

 

Summit Street: 1909

Summit Street: 1909

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1909. "Summit Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Company C: 1864

Company C: 1864

August 1864. "Petersburg, Virginia. Company C, 1st Massachusetts Cavalry." Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Jack Dawson: 1919

Jack Dawson: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Jack Dawson, Western High." On the field at Central. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Washington, D.C. "New Year celebration, 1940." Happy New Year from Shorpy! National Photo Company Collection safety negative. View full size.

 

Mint, Sage, Caraway and Thyme: 1942

Mint, Sage, Caraway and Thyme: 1942

July 1942. "Birmingham (near Detroit), Michigan. Herbs and kitchen utensils in a house in Birmingham." 4x5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Arthur S. Siegel, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Brown and Gray: 1906

Brown and Gray: 1906

Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1906. "Front campus, Brown University." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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