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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

This Way to Kloskys: 1910

This Way to Kloskys: 1910

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1910. "Royal Street looking north." Points of interest include a lineman up a pole and the fickle finger of retail. View full size.

 

Christmas Corner: 1921

Christmas Corner: 1921

Washington, D.C., in 1921. "Parker Bridget & Co., Ninth Street and Market Space." A nighttime view of the festive six-Santa Christmas display previously seen here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

A Place in the Sun: 1939

A Place in the Sun: 1939

Another shot of someone who may or may not be Penny Vachon, perusing the February 1939 issue of Fortune. Photo by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Transit Hub: 1906

Transit Hub: 1906

Circa 1906. "Atlantic City, N.J., hotel busses at P.R. depot." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Just Us Girls: 1940

Just Us Girls: 1940

1940. No caption for these tots, on a roll of pictures taken in what looks like New Orleans. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

We Are the Champions: 1920

We Are the Champions: 1920

Proud winners of the 1920 Washington Herald Junior Baseball Championship. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Gobblers: 1940

Gobblers: 1940

October 1940, somewhere in North Dakota. Happy Thanksgiving from Shorpy! 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the FSA. View full size.

 
 
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