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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

M.I.T.: 1901

M.I.T.: 1901

Boston circa 1901. "Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Rogers Building." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Little Rock Garbage: 1908

Little Rock Garbage: 1908

Little Rock, Arkansas, ca. 1908. "City Hall." With a sampler of interesting signage, and an elaborately rigged street light. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Hump Master: 1942

The Hump Master: 1942

Chicago, December 1942. "Hump master in a Chicago & North Western railroad yard operating a signal switch system which extends the length of the hump track. He is thus able to control movements of locomotives pushing the train over the hump from his post at the hump office." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Coleman House: 1906

Coleman House: 1906

Asbury Park, New Jersey, circa 1906. "Coleman House." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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