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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

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.

 

iTunes: 1920

iTunes: 1920

Update: tterrace reveals this to be the noted baritone John Charles Thomas.
New York or vicinity circa 1920. There are around a dozen pictures in the Bain archive of this fellow, all labeled "Thomas" -- perhaps a composer, songwriter or singer. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Skeeters Branch Newsies: 1910

Skeeters Branch Newsies: 1910

A classic from the Shorpy archive of posts past (2007-04-04 04:40:52):

11 a.m. Monday, May 9, 1910. "Newsies at Skeeter’s Branch, Jefferson near Franklin, St. Louis." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Philadelphia: 1909

Philadelphia: 1909

Philadelphia circa 1909. "Broad Street north from Walnut." With City Hall, William Penn and two young friends center stage. View full size.

 
 
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