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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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Ernest Crice, Hustling Newsboy: 1909

Ernest Crice, Hustling Newsboy: 1909

New York circa 1909. "Broadway -- Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains." Revisiting the scene glimpsed earlier here, with the addition of a shy pedestrian. Note the sly signage of "Ernest Crice, hustling newsboy," who cheekily gives his address as "Flatiron Building." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Seawater Baths: 1905

Seawater Baths: 1905

Circa 1905. "Boardwalk, Atlantic City." Strollers on parade, at least one beach baby, and a number of ponies. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Suitcase Wireless: 1924

Suitcase Wireless: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Brent Daniel, formerly of the Radio Laboratory of the Bureau of Standards at Washington, with the first portable Super-Heterodyne, his own design. The seven vacuum tubes, batteries, loop antenna, loudspeaker and other necessary units are completely self-contained in the carrying case. He has been able to hear Pacific Coast stations from this outfit." View full size.

 

Miss Little: 1925

Miss Little: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Miss M.K. Little." Wondering, perhaps, if anyone out there in 21st century will remember her. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

Electro-Analyzer: 1942

Electro-Analyzer: 1942

Chicago, December 1942. "Apparatus used at the laboratory at the Chicago & North Western RR's 40th Street yards for analyzing solutions of metals used in locomotives and the railroad plant in general." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

The Mother Church: 1907

The Mother Church: 1907

Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1907. "First Church of Christ, Scientist." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Call of Doody: 1907

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Call of Doody: 1907

Hartford, Connecticut, circa 1907. "Wadsworth Atheneum." Plus a fixture of early 1900s streetscapes -- a Department of Sanitation pushcart in the days when vehicular emissions were removed with shovel and broom. View full size.

 
 
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