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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

Siegel Cooper: 1910

Siegel Cooper: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Siegel Cooper & Co., the fountain. Republic statue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Daytime on Elm Street: 1940

Daytime on Elm Street: 1940

November 1940. "Lunchroom. Aberdeen, South Dakota." Our second look at Peterson's, which seems to have been baby-friendly. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Clinton Square: 1905

Clinton Square: 1905

Syracuse, New York, circa 1905. "Clinton Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Little Rascals: 1923

Little Rascals: 1923

July 11, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Montrose playgrounds." Who is top dog? National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hot Water: 1905

Hot Water: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "Detroit City Gas Company office, heater." Note the photographer or his assistant holding the drape. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

On the Fence: 1939

On the Fence: 1939

1939. An uncaptioned portrait possibly of photographer John Vachon's wife, Millicent (Penny) Leeper. 35mm nitrate negative. View full size.

 

Royal Street: 1910

Royal Street: 1910

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1910. "Royal Street looking south from St. Francis." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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