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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Wrapped in Plastic: 1961

Wrapped in Plastic: 1961

September 15, 1961. "Helena Rubinstein, 655 Fifth Avenue, New York. Class in session." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Old Town: 1910

Old Town: 1910

Florida circa 1910. "St. George Street, St. Augustine." Where merchants include purveyors of the "Ingersoll Dollar Watch." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Chicago & Alton: 1904

Chicago & Alton: 1904

Circa 1904. "Chicago & Alton Railroad shops at Bloomington, Illinois." At left rear, the Anheuser-Busch beer boxcar. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Champagne Music: 1957

Champagne Music: 1957

April 1957. "Entertainer Lawrence Welk playing accordion with the Lennon Sisters." (Or, as he would introduce them, "The lovely little Lennon Sisters.") Color transparency by Earl Theisen for the Look magazine assignment "Lawrence Welk: Nobody Likes Him Except the Public." View full size.

 

Engauged: 1942

Engauged: 1942

September 1942. "Washington, D.C. Conversion of the Shoreham Hotel furnace from oil to coal burning system." Crank it, boys, and let's see what this thing'll do. Photo by Howard Liberman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bladensfield: 1932

Bladensfield: 1932

Circa 1932. "Bladensfield, Warsaw vicinity, Richmond County, Virginia." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

The Flying Merkel: 1915

The Flying Merkel: 1915

Circa 1915, location unknown. "Mailman & motorcycle." And not just any motorbike but a "Flying Merkel," with what looks like an acetylene-gas headlamp. Oh, and Spitting Prohibited by Law, "Except Into Cuspidors." View full size.

 

The Lettermen: 1915

The Lettermen: 1915

Circa 1915. "Mailman and truck," location unknown. Collection times 6:15 a.m. to noon. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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