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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.

 
 
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The Ansonia: 1906

The Ansonia: 1906

Circa 1906. "Ansonia Apartments, Broadway, New York City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Nocturne: 1942

Nocturne: 1942

December 1942. "Work goes on 24 hours a day at Chicago & North Western RR's Proviso Yard." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Mabley and Carew: 1907

Mabley and Carew: 1907

Circa 1907. "Vine Street at Fifth, Cincinnati." A buzzing hive of commerce featuring a department store, hotel, jeweler, "dancing academy" and ice wagon. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bookworm: 1921

Bookworm: 1921

New York circa 1921. "Larrimore." Francine Larrimore, French-born star of stage, screen and library. 5x7 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Everybody Hustle: 1925

Everybody Hustle: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Holy Name office group." An impressive array of Jazz Age office equipment and hairstyles. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Metrotone News: 1928

Metrotone News: 1928

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1928. "Photographing fire for newsreels." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Bread, the Movie: 1924

Bread, the Movie: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "A&P Stores, Miss Frances Talley." Storefront spokesman for Dad's Bread and its rather literal marketing tie-in with a movie called "Bread." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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